Leading Change in Your Community

Leading Change in Your Community

Chelle O'Keefe We've all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we'd like to change: a rule regarding hours of trash collection or maintenance, or a change to the facilities in a common area like the addition of a playground or swimming pool. As Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” So, how do we make change happen? Read More... [et_social_share]
Is Social Media Making Your HOA Less Social?

Is Social Media Making Your HOA Less Social?

Meredith Pond Social media was invented to help people connect. But virtual connections can be hollow and unfulfilling. Wouldn’t it be nice if social media actually encouraged real, healthy, and personal human interactions? It can. Imagine that. Real people doing real stuff — together. Your HOA's social media can — and should be — the catalyst for all things warm and neighborly, resulting in thriving, happy communities. Try it! Humanity will thank you. Read More... [et_social_share]
Do HOAs Really Increase Property Values?

Do HOAs Really Increase Property Values?

Living in a community association can help us avoid many neighborhood headaches. But do HOAs really provide any value that can be measured in real dollars? If you ask the internet, the answer is a resounding “no”! But according to a study by George Mason University, HOAs do increase property values. On average, a home in a community association sells between 5% and 6% higher than an equivalent home in an equivalent non-HOA neighborhood. Read More... [et_social_share]
Your HOA Website Matters

Your HOA Website Matters

Meredith Pond Your HOA website is your community's billboard to the world. It will make a difference in what prospective home buyers think about your community and how well it's run. Like any business entity, your website is your face to the world. When people are researching places to live, the first thing they do is go online for information. Your website is where those people will get the feel for what your community is all about, and what it might be like to live there. If they can't find what they want, pucker up. Because you can kiss those potential residents goodbye. And that's sure to have a negative impact on property values. Read More... [et_social_share]
Always Connected, But Never Connecting

Always Connected, But Never Connecting

Meredith Pond Ahhh, technology. We love it — and for good reason. It makes life easier, gives us instant access to information, and it keeps us connected… at least in theory. You probably have friends and neighbors on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. But can a “like” or a comment on someone's status replace the fulfillment of a handshake or personal conversation? No way. Read More... [et_social_share]

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