How to Survive DifferentTimes Together with Satisfied Homeowners
Being at the point of making a final decision to become a homeowner, one can feel that he is about making the biggest change in his life on the one hand, and at the same time find himself having a bundle of frightening thoughts, running throughhis mind during the process, on the other.This can be treated as rather justifiable behaviour predominately because of the fact that being a member of a community involves much responsibility, fairly unclear at the beginning.
Even if you ask two different experienced homeowners what are their opinions about living in a community with HOA, you may find that one of them is happy about that, when the other can demonstrate a frowned face in response.
The difference in what these homeowners think about homeowner association first and foremost depends on the quality of association management. Choosing a good manager for their community is the most important decision every association has to make, because managers are involved in everyday function as well as future planning.
After all the way they perform as managers has an effect on financial stability of association and resident’s delight. Another thing that association managers take a keen interest in is turning all homeowners into good neighboursand encourage open communication as even the best home can be ruined by awful neighbours, and a home that isn’t necessarily up to high standards could be a great place to live in because of the people surrounding it.
However that’s all is a part of daily routine in every community association and you can ask the management to handle a lot of issues if you live in a HOA, but it is something very different to manage your association in difficult financial times.
So if you want to be sure, whether you want to live in the area or not, ask you real estate agent and future neighbours about these HOA management practices and if they are an integral part of association management in their neighbourhood.
We all know that we have to budget to be successful that’s what pertains to HOAs as well, especially when the economic situation is difficult. Therefore examine management strategies of your HOA to find out if they can tighten your association’s belt when it is necessary. Here some signs of good association management:
- The managers always communicate hard, explore the market and ask for reduction to get good prices for community services, it is even more probable, when business is slow.
- They can cut staff where possible and keep to the reasonable minimum.
- They scale back on things like cleaning and landscaping or make them less frequent, finding alternative ways to provide the service for community.
- They can waive some payments to reserves when owners can’t afford them.
-They always can find where to save (e.g., use less electricity when it is possible)
Each community association should be managed as successful business, so that it can become a wise government for homeowners and good community for neighbours. And association management is always more than collecting homeowners association’s assessments.
And just because the times are hard it is no excuse not to fund reserves and keep things fixed. Other important things to do are to plan ahead and sometimes to plan for trouble, as well as to do the best to protect community reserves. Doing so, a smart manager will guarantee the fullest community development even in difficult times and make new homeowners confident in choosing the right place to live for their families.