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“Building Community” in Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Creating community: from developers to community associations August 20, 2017 If you are looking for a newly built home in San Diego County, the odds are that home will be in a community association.  When done right, community associations provide an immediate sense of community for new homeowners.Community associations are typically found in condominiums or planned developments where the homeowners share common amenities such as pools, clubhouses, parks and playgrounds. According to a 2016 study by the Community Associations Institute, there are approximately 45,400 community associations in California, with an ...
  • The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association August 14, 2017 Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque. There is no denying that money plays a part in this process. You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding things like maintenance, landscaping, and more. However, there is a secret that many Condo Associations don’t know. The secret to a well-maintained Condo Association is Owners that report issues quickly. It’s that simple. An active and engaged set of Owners ...
  • Millennials and New HOA Demographics August 6, 2017 As millennials begin families and start to settle down, they are becoming one of the largest groups of home-buyers. From 2010-2015 the percentage of millennials moving into San Antonio homes went up 14.4%. That makes San Antonio the second most popular metro area for millennial home-buyers! While some HOAs are already making the move toward having an online presence, most HOAs need to change how they communicate and do business to efficiently work with the younger generations.    Read the ...
  • Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time August 1, 2017 So last month I was at the doctor’s office, and as I was making small talk with the nurse she asked “So what do you do?” I responded “I’m an HOA attorney.”  She actually grimaced. It was a clear knee-jerk reaction. And then she laughed, said sorry, and made some comment about her friend’s trash can being left out for too long.    Read the article……………
  • Neighbors rally around couple being harassed by hate letters (TX) July 26, 2017 A Denton County neighborhood is standing up to racism by sitting together on a porch.  A single image captures the campaign of support for new neighbors who are being harassed with threatening hate mail. The racist and threatening letters are serious enough that the sheriff’s office has notified federal authorities because of the possibility that it’s a hate crime.  The letters are clearly designed to force the biracial couple out of a neighborhood. But instead, it’s prompted their neighbors to ...
  • Mount Laurel residents search for neighbors who lost homes after fire in condo complex (NJ) July 26, 2017 After a fire destroyed four homes in the Laurel Creek neighborhood three weeks ago, residents of the condominium complex took it upon themselves to collect clothing and supplies to give to their neighbors in need.  But the volunteers have been unable to find the displaced families to distribute the stockpile of clothing, gift cards, books and toys they have collected.    Read the article…………….
  • The Resurrection of Civility – Take Back Your Community Association Board July 21, 2017 In June, I addressed the Death of Civility – Why Community Association Board Members Serve – in part one of this series. I left you with a dysfunctional collection of community association board members, and the promise of a next installment. Well, here you are – specific, time-tested suggestions for bringing all the directors back into the fold.   Read the article…………….
  • Growing Community: Local neighborhood embraces shared garden concept (IN) July 11, 2017 When Bobbie Sutton moved into the River Run neighborhood in Noblesville, she was surprised that many neighbors didn’t know each other.  “Nobody knew each other’s name, and I’m sorry, I’m not that type of person,” said Sutton, who previously lived in a more rural part of Hamilton County before downsizing. “Within three months, I knew more people than most of the neighbors that had been here for several years. I’m a social person.”  One thing she thought would bring neighbors ...
  • A Quick Guide to Encouraging HOA Volunteerism July 6, 2017 Sometimes people who buy a home in an HOA neighborhood may not be used to the core concepts of an HOA. In most places, you take care of your property and keep to yourself. Maybe you get to know one or two neighbors and share cookouts, but if not, that’s okay too. The idea of a tightly knit community has become unfortunately alien to your average homeowner to the point where many do not even know how to approach being ...
  • ‘It Has Made Us a Better Community’ July 5, 2017 Eddie Hurt has been president of the Mountain Shadows Community Association since shortly after the Waldo Canyon Fire. In that role, he’s played an active part in the effort to rebuild Mountain Shadows, the neighborhood that he and his family have called home for 12 years. Unlike some of his neighbors, Hurt didn’t lose his home in the fire, but that’s not to say he wasn’t affected.    Read the article…………..

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