Moving to a new home is often a stressful experience. Learning to meet new people, and in the case of an HOA, learning new rules can easily overwhelm anyone. When the new neighbor is renting, welcoming them is just as important as if they had purchased the home. Renters can become invested members of an HOA when they are made to feel welcomed, kept informed, and included within their new community. Here are several ways to assure your new renters are happy with their decision:
Winter landscaping is a great way to enhance the natural beauty of the season. From adding shrubs that produce a pop of color to focusing on hardscapes—like benches and garden structures—you can make your HOA common areas beautiful and inviting this winter. Use the following tips to get started:
If you are considering just buying a few weight machines and a few stationary bikes or treadmills and saying, "We have a fitness center in our community"... think again!
Residents are now looking for a much more diversified experience that meets their personal fitness needs. This means you will need to cater to everyone from the yogis to the cardio bunnies to the power lifters - and everyone in between.
If you live in a condominium or high-rise, chances are you pass on-site building staff at some point during your day. From doorman to porters, each play an important role in front, and behind, the scenes. Learning more about the staff and their roles and responsibilities helps in understanding what it takes to keep a property properly running.
"Golf" communities have historically been amongst the most popular specialist recreational communities. In the 1990s, many communities were developed around golf courses, and buyers would pay a premium.
Many associations have tennis courts, which are a popular amenity with active adults. However, a new sport is on the rise - pickleball - and only the most recent developments are built to allow space for both.
Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions are rulesets established by a neighborhood, homeowners association, builder, or developer. These legal documents explain the responsibilities of the Homeowner Association and its property owners.
Having a great board of directors for an HOA or condo association is vitally important to an association's success. Responsible for governing the association's budget and needs, members who are willing to serve and to work together is invaluable: just how long they serve is a matter for discussion. Are term limits good or bad for association board members? Is it better to bring in new ideas or is it better to keep those with experience. Several states have specific laws regarding term limits and whether they are allowed. Not all states have laws regarding this so when in doubt, consult your state's laws regarding associations and boards. Here's an easy guide to understanding the pros and cons of board member term limits:
More and more people these days are either telecommuting or engaged in the "gig economy" - freelancing out of their homes. Many of these home businesses are not an issue for the association - but some are. With more owners not wanting to buy in developments that disallow home-based businesses, condominium associations need to address the issue in a way that is fair to all of their residents.
Sometimes it can seem like your HOA community has ridiculous rules. For example, many have rules about the placement of trash cans and how long they can be out at the curb. They may also have rules about the kind of trash and recycling bins you can have (in some cases, the HOA or their waste management company may provide them).