Dave Orr

CEO, Community Association Management Services

Dave Orr is the current CEO of CAMS (Community Association Management Services). He has worked in the housing industry in various capacities since the late 1990s, holding high-level positions such as senior vice president and pres  

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Jul 23, 2024

Enhancing Internet Security: A Guide for HOA Board Members

As a homeowner’s association (HOA) board member, protecting your personal information and your community's sensitive data is crucial. In today's digital world, implementing strong intern ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 9, 2024

Common Mistakes HOA Boards Should Avoid

Homeowner’s association (HOA) boards are critical to the success of their communities, ensuring they are safe, well-maintained, and harmonious. However, well-intentioned volunteers new to servin ...

Jun 25, 2024

Understanding Robert’s Rules of Order: A Guide for HOA Board Meetings

Maintaining order and fairness in meetings is crucial when managing a homeowner's association (HOA). Robert’s Rules of Order provides a structured framework to ensure that all board members ...

Jun 21, 2024

Service Provider Selection Process for HOA Board Members: A Comprehensive Guide

Selecting the right service providers on behalf of the association is a critical responsibility for HOA board members. This process impacts the quality of services provided to the community and reflec ...

Residential Real Estate
May 31, 2024

What New HOA Board Members Need to Know: A Comprehensive Guide

Becoming a new board member of a Homeowners Association (HOA) board is both an honor and a responsibility. As a board member, you're entrusted with the stewardship of your community, ensuring its ...

May 13, 2024

Maximizing Your HOA Living Experience: Tips for an Enjoyable Community Life

Living in a homeowner’s association (HOA) community offers numerous benefits, from shared amenities to a sense of belonging. However, truly maximizing this experience requires more than just res ...

Apr 9, 2024

Mastering ARC Applications: Best Practices for HOA Board Members

If you're part of a community association board, you will become familiar with Architectural Control – the process for reviewing and approving additions or exterior modification requests for ...

Mar 26, 2024

Getting Your Community Ready for Spring and Summer

As the winter chill begins to fade away, it's time for HOA communities to gear up for the vibrant seasons of spring and summer. Ensuring your community is prepared for the warmer months involves a ...

Mar 4, 2024

HOA Collections Policies: Ensuring Financial Stability and Fairness

In the realm of community management, one of the pivotal aspects often overlooked until it becomes a pressing issue is the collections process. Community association board members serve as stewards of ...

Feb 16, 2024

Understanding the Role of a Community Manager and Dispelling Common Misconceptions

Homeowners' Association (HOA) community managers play a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning and upkeep of residential communities. Often misunderstood, their duties encompass various res ...

Jan 22, 2024

Five Benefits Achieved When Your Board Leverages a Professional Management Company for Accurate Financial Reporting

In the world of Homeowners Associations (HOAs), the need for accurate financial management is paramount. Some HOA boards, in an attempt to handle their finances internally, often find themselves facin ...

Jan 8, 2024

New Year's Resolutions for Your Community Association

As we usher in a new year, it's the perfect time for Homeowners' Association (HOA) board members to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Adopting strategic resolutions can pave th ...

Dec 20, 2023

Seven Strategies for Building a Stronger Sense of Community in Your HOA

The desire for a sense of belonging and connection with neighbors is universal. Homeowners Association (HOA) living provides a perfect ecosystem for creating an environment that can generate a sense o ...

Nov 30, 2023

Creating a Safe and Festive Holiday Season in Your Community

Homeowner’s associations (HOAs) are crucial in fostering a sense of community and maintaining property values. As the holiday season approaches, board members must strike a balance between pro ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 13, 2023

Essential Fall Maintenance Tasks for Community Associations

As the leaves change color and the temperature begins dropping, fall presents an excellent opportunity for community associations to prepare their neighborhoods for winter weather. From common areas t ...

Oct 19, 2023

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Living in a Community Association

Community associations are often the subject of various misconceptions. Some may perceive them as bureaucratic and overbearing. However, these perceptions disregard the underlying reasons for associat ...

Oct 6, 2023

Unlocking the Vibrancy of Your Community with Lifestyle Programming

In the realm of community association living, a growing trend is transforming residential landscapes, making neighborhoods more vibrant and connected than ever before. It's called lifestyle progra ...

Sep 27, 2023

Navigating Common Challenges in Community Association Meetings

Community association meetings are pivotal in fostering communication and decision-making among residents and board members. These gatherings, however, are not immune to common problems that can hinde ...

Sep 8, 2023

Understanding the Key Roles of Officers in a Community Association Board of Directors

Community associations play a vital role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in their respective communities. At the heart of every community association is its board of directors, compri ...

Aug 4, 2023

Safeguarding Community Associations: The Annual Insurance Review Imperative

As community association board members serve as the governing body of neighborhoods, preserving their vitality and protecting their assets becomes a collective responsibility. In the realm of safeguar ...

Jul 18, 2023

Understanding the Hierarchy of Governing Documents in a Community Association

Living in a community association entails adhering to a set of governing documents that guide residents, maintain order, and protect property values. These documents exist within a hierarchical struct ...

Jun 23, 2023

6 Essential Safety Tips for Homeowner's Associations: Building a Secure Community Together

Safety is a top priority for every homeowner's association (HOA), as it plays a crucial role in fostering a secure and harmonious living environment. By implementing effective safety measures, HOA ...

Jun 13, 2023

7 Essential Yearly Reviews for Community Association Board Members

As a board member of a community association, it's crucial to regularly review important aspects of your association's operations to ensure its success and meet the needs of residents. In this ...

May 23, 2023

How HOAs Should Prepare for the Atlantic Hurricane Season

As we approach June, it's time for community association board members on the east coast to begin preparing for the Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricanes can be incredibly destructive, so associ ...

May 3, 2023

Tips for Running a Successful Community Association Meeting

Have you volunteered to sit on your community’s board of directors? If so, chances are you understand how exhausting meetings can get. Nevertheless, meetings are necessary to take care of the as ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 19, 2023

Things to Consider When Forming Your HOA's Emergency Plan

Forming an emergency plan is essential for all community associations. Having a comprehensive plan will keep you ahead of the curve and allow board members to rest assured that all aspects of the asso ...

Apr 4, 2023

Does Your HOA Management Company Get an A+ in Communication?

Communication is key in any successful relationship, including communicating with your homeowners’ association (HOA) management company. Keeping open lines of communication between all parties i ...

Mar 28, 2023

Nine Ways Partner Banks Benefit CAMS' Clients

As a board member of your homeowner’s association (HOA), you want to ensure that the financial decisions made on the community’s behalf are secure and efficient. Working with Community Ass ...

Mar 7, 2023

Are you Following Robert's Rules at Your Community Association Meetings?

If you're a board member of a community association, it's important that you familiarize yourself with and follow Robert’s Rules of Order. This article will give you some bac ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 22, 2023

Term Expirations & Board Resignations: What Your Association Should Know

Your home is your castle, and each homeowner’s goal is ultimately to live in harmony and to be confident that your largest investment will maintain its value.  Buyers seek out well-mai ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 7, 2023

Five Reasons to Consider Running for your HOA Board

Do you ever find yourself wondering how your community association (sometimes called homeowner’s association or HOA) works? Who makes the decisions about what happens in your community? The an ...

Jan 25, 2023

Effects of Inflation on HOAs and Ways to Navigate the Increased Costs

Everyone is feeling the effects of higher inflation these days, and community associations are no exception. Everything seems to be getting more expensive, from increases in utility bills to the pri ...

Jan 10, 2023

Ready to Drop a Check in the Mail? Read This First.

If you've ordered anything online recently, you've probably noticed it has taken a bit longer to arrive than usual (what happened to Amazon's two-day delivery guarantee?). Many factors h ...

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