2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, and as we continue to move forward and celebrate change, it's also to take a little time and celebrate the sweet things in life. Of course by that we mean PIE! Take your mind off of the heat and stress with these two "made for 4th" recipes.
Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday
Good neighbors are important. Even the most beautiful house can feel like a prison when the homeowners next to you are loud, obnoxious, and disrespectful. On the other hand, decent and helpful neighbors can make a community feel warm and inviting, even for its newest members. Here are 7 qualities of good neighbors that can help make home ownership a delight, instead of a chore:
As more states and local governments move toward lifting or easing shelter-in-place and social distancing guidelines, community associations have become faced with the very real prospect of needing a plan in place to address the reopening of amenities. Residents are becoming increasingly restless under stay-at-home state orders; naturally, they desire to use their community association’s recreational amenities. Restoring access to these amenities is a priority for many communities right now, and we want to provide your community with the knowledge and information to handle this situation effectively.
**In preparing to reopen amenity areas, it is recommended that the board of directors review all updated CDC Guidelines, as well as local and state orders/restrictions, additionally the board should consult with the associations legal counsel with regards to associated risks and protocols specifically necessary to reopen the pool.**
There was once a time in real estate, not that long ago, when eco-friendly housing meant a downgrade from the highest level of luxury. But not anymore. Green living and eco-conscious construction no longer exclude the finer things. In fact, as styles and taste develop and as manufacturing technology improves, green has become something of a luxury item. The wealthy can afford not only the best materials and the finest environment, but they can also afford to pay more for elements that were produced sustainably, are recycled from historical sites, or provide greater energy efficiency.
As more states legalize the use of Marijuana there may be some special considerations your community association should address. Marijuana's medicinal properties began to change the playing field and now both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in several states including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. There are still plenty of laws limiting where and when marijuana can be present or used and it may affect common areas in your community sooner than you think.
Practicing social distancing is a key component to helping flatten the curve and reduce the impact of the Coronavirus on our society, but it also presents a unique challenge to the millions of Americans who live in community associations. From those living in close quarters, such as condos or cooperative, to the board members who often meet monthly to discuss the issues facing a community, these types of socializations need to be addressed differently to ensure the health and safety of everyone in your community.
In addition to the advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), Community Associations Institute (CAI) has also published some content on ways to help prevent the transmission of the virus in your neighborhood. Below are some of their suggestions as well as some expert advice on ways to continue operating your community during these difficult times.
Topics: HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety
Studies have long shown that building relationships with others in your community and neighborhood have a lasting impact on satisfaction and emotional well-being. However, during these times where we are being encouraged to practice social distancing and many of us are under shelter-in-place orders it can be difficult to connect with your neighbors. If you are one of the millions of American’s living in a community association, your board has likely cancelled any in-person events and also shut down shared amenities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still connect, virtually, with your neighbors. Virtual events provide a unique and important experience for many owners, below are a few ideas that your community might be interested in planning.
Topics: HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety
Many HOA and Condo associations implement restricted access measures to help ensure the safety and security of their homeowners and community property. These measures, such as gated entries, closed-circuit cameras, and even security officers, are all in place to prohibit unwanted solicitors or intruders from disturbing your community's residents. It's important to know however, that the 2020 Census is currently underway and although your members may feel that they would rather not be bothered by Census representatives, denying entry to these representatives is actually illegal and can put your community at a disadvantage.
Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, you've probably run into some homes that are a part of a community or homeowner's association. You may be familiar with the monthly fees, some benefits, and restrictions of living in a home with an HOA, but it can often be more complicated than what you imagined.
We live in a digital age where communication is delivered with lightning speed and the majority of community associations are turning to social media to communicate with homeowners. Social media has been shown to be an effective tool in keeping a community informed of various events and activities. However, it is vital that a social media policy be adopted to ensure that your board avoids negative issues that may arise on your social media platform. Below, you will find guidance for your association counsel on best practices for your social media site.