Reserve Study Resources
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:13:24 -0800 (PST)
These are some of the resources I distribute during my reserve study workshops:

Association Reserves, Inc.
A large reserve study firm serving California and several other western states. 
Includes a Q&A that covers many topics, most responses from lawyers. An 
excellent web resource. They also offer do-it-yourself packets and inexpensive 
financial updates. In some circumstances these may be useful but nothing will 
replace having a construction engineer and other facilities specialists look 
over your facilities with you and point out problems.
State of California Dept of Real Estate Reserve Study Guidelines for Homeowner 
Association Budgets
Most resources are written in such noncommittal language that they effectively 
say nothing. The California Guidelines are an exception. They are extremely 
detailed and well documented. Each state and each situation is subject to 
different laws, but following the best practices can only benefit your 
community. Just because you don’t have to do it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. 
California Guidelines has the most complete information available.
Reserve Study Advisors
Another commercial site with good Q & A pages.
Community Associations Institute

An association of and for HOAs. Their last publication on reserve studies was 
very cautious and thus not particularly helpful, but the members of local 
chapters can be very helpful in recommending a local Reserve Study Specialist 
and sharing other information about managing a condo.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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