Developing HOA welcome packets for new homeowners is a positive, pro-active approach for association boards and management teams. Moving to a new home is an incredibly stressful time. Many homeowners feel overwhelmed by the amount of community information, such as fees, schedules, rules, and regulations. A welcome packet containing this information and more is a helpful tool in eliminating some of their stress.
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).
Serving on the board of a condo association is a great way to become involved with your condo community. Your election by fellow association members means you've received their vote of trust to oversee association matters in a responsible manner. Let's look at several roles and responsibilities of a board that accompany a board position:
The policies of any HOA are sometimes a touchy subject because, at any one time, homeowners are simultaneously responsible for and subject to the rules set out by their home owner's association. There are a number of perfectly normal policies that are put into place like a stylistic agreement to keep the neighborhood looking nice and everyone's property values going in the right direction. However, problems sometimes arise when a particular policy favors the homeowners who moved in (and began voting) first and limits the actions of those who joined the neighborhood and HOA later on. One of these common but highly contested policies is the HOA Rental Cap.
When running a HOA, you often have to make a lot of decisions about how to upkeep the neighborhood - without building the kind of resentment that gives HOAs a bad name.
Many people don't understand or appreciate the benefits of an active adult community until they have experienced it. In fact, there are some who aren't even aware of such communities.
Home buyers are searching for more than a new home; they are searching for a place that offers a sense of community. Walking trails, resort-style pools, and quaint shopping and cafes top the list of amenities today's home buyers desire. These type of amenities allow for interaction with others in the community. When it comes to the home itself, the following amenity trends in HOA communities are gaining popularity:
One of the centerpieces of a successful HOA is a well-organized election process. However, in order to ensure that your HOA elections succeed every year, it's important to take heed of a few key rules: follow your governing documents; send out proxies; ensure that you have a quorum; document your elections appropriately; know who can vote; and take the time to count votes correctly.
A proxy is a document authorizing a person to act on behalf of another person. When it comes to HOA voting, this means that a unit or homeowner may authorize someone else to represent them at an HOA meeting and to vote on their behalf. Details common to a proxy form include the date and time of the meeting and a statement declaring authorization. The purpose of a proxy is to give representation to owners who are unable to attend a meeting and for association members to have a better understanding of how the overall membership feels about a certain issue.
Developers are taking note of the new demands placed by buyers in adult communities. Ten years ago the average buyer age was 72 years-old; now it is 62 years-old. With the younger age comes an expectation of services and amenities that developers strive to provide. Here are just four ways active adult communities are changing: