Home Owners Associations (HOAs) – Love ’em or hate ’em? HOAs get a lot of bad press. Rarely do you see people commenting on how much they appreciate their HOAs. Everyone tends to w
hine about their HOA. My HOA has irritated me in the past. I’ve gotten the letters about weeds and trash cans left out too long. Once I got a letter saying my grass needed mowing, for which I found very easy to contact experts online.
Despite that, and the near constant complaining I hear as a real estate agent about HOAs, I for one appreciate mine. Yes, I am on my HOA board of directors, so my opinion may be biased. And I happen to think we have an exceptional HOA. Some of our directors are incredibly dedicated. Our property manager is top notch. It wasn’t until I joined the HOA directors that I really understood everything they and the managment company do for our neighborhood.
People whine about the HOA fines. I wish I could share the stories of waived or reduced fines. How about the HOA nominating for a cash credit a family who’d fallen on hard times? How about the HOA director who offered up their services to help paint a homeowners fence that had been damaged in a traffic accident? How about the director that got a group of people together who did all the labor in making a common area repair that saved the association hundreds of dollars? How about the director the walks the entire community and notes plants that need replacing, or common area improvements, or spends his own time and money making improvements and repairs? The list goes on and on.
Yes, getting a letter from an HOA that you need to put the trash can up, or pull your weeds can be annoying. But contrary to popular belief, they don’t write these letters to annoy you. They write these letters to maintain the community, and hence maintain YOUR property values. If you don’t like something your HOA does, get up off the couch and go to the meetings. Make your opinion known. Run for the board and help make changes that way. But don’t just sit back and complain. And if you do see something good in your neighborhood, a friendly nod to your directors isn’t out of order. The vast majority of HOA directors really do care. They aren’t doing it for fun, trust me…