Relocate to Wisconsin : How Could a HOA be more beneficial to the Members ?

How Could a HOA be more beneficial to the Members ?

 Our blog the other day about Homeowners Associations brought lots of comments and personal and professional insights and opinions. homeowners AssociationsYah...that is part of what ActiveRain is all opinions !  Many times the rules of a HOA echo the laws already established by the municipality. Sometimes as some people noted, they seem too intrusive and do not allow homeowners to make choices that they may feel are ways that they want to use and live in their property.

    How could a HOA be more beneficial to the membership ?

     The leadership of the association could survey the members....canvas the neighborhood ....a few neighbors at a  time would put a "face" to the leadership and open the door to some honest discussion about ways the association could better serve the membership.   survey Dreamland you say...everyone has a real life, real career, family and social time for this kind of Mayberry neighborhood approach.  We hear you...other options....are using the website of the HOA if you have one...sending email if you have  a directory..OR snail mail.  Likely you may get a good suggestion or two or three....and the membership will feel like they are contributing and more a part of the organization.

 directory  Organize a Directory   This can be as simple or complex as the "organizer" wishes it to, address, cell or email as a resident may or may not choose...listing children and birthdates.  If you choose to make this a printed publication, you can offer residents the option of paid advertising for their own or local businesses.

   There may be a list of services supplied by members and local businesses...including baby sitting, lawncare, house cleaning, snowplowing, etc. The more information provided, the more valued the membership.

        Many neighborhoods that have a HOA are homes btoolsuilt at about the same time. That means that some expensive maintenance and replacement projects will all happen at about the same time.  That can mean roofs, windows, furnaces and air conditioning units, etc.  Imagine what kind of discount one or two reliable contractors might offer if they were the "contractor of choice" for the area !

 lawn cutting   What about those "routine systems maintenance" chores ?   Snowplowing, grass cutting, weed and feeding the lawn, sealing asphalt, tree trimming.   A group rate with a reliable source or everyone time and money !

     In the spirit of giving, the HOA could adopt a less fortunate family....honor them with a food drive or share some of those services that the association was able to get at a discount...exterior painting ...orllightbulb moment tidying the landscape.

     These are just a few ways that HomeOwners Associations can go above and beyond collecting dues and making rules...there are probably other creative ways that may be "neighborhood appropriate" that you could suggest adopting...and help to implement in your area. Let your imagination be your guide to ideas you suggest.

    If you or anyone you know wants a great association with Realtors in southeastern Wisconsin who think of creative ways to assjst with all things real estate...Call the Hansons...we are honored to be of service.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 14 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • September 15 2015 04:02AM


As always, some very good suggestions, all of which could work very nicely. Great talking to you yesterday.  

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 3 years ago

I love the post. i will bookmark this nad share it with others.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

Excellent advice for HOA's to follow to go above and beyond in the communities they serve!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) almost 3 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson All valid arguments for HOAs, but I remain unmoved. For instance, in my parents HOA, the officers of the board just decided on using a select choice of exterior home colors from Sherwin Williams and not putting it up for a general vote. In my view, this was an over-reach of power that has intoxicated a select few.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Sally. It's a balancing act, we can only hope that the leadership has the best interest of the membership when making rules and regulation, but that is not always the case.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 3 years ago

I think many times HOAs get a bad rap, but they really can be useful

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 3 years ago

Yes, it's not just about collecting the dues. Terrifc suggestions!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 3 years ago

Sally & David - Excellent blog regarding how HOA can be more beneficial to members.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) almost 3 years ago

This is a great topic for continued discussion.

We live in a community with a very active HOA.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

Sally and David these are great suggestions.  Do you know of any HOA's that have actually done anything like this?

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 3 years ago

All great suggestions!  Here ours would say to log into the website and see what is going on.

Organize things?  No...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Hi Sally.  HOA's are only as good as the directors.  Human foibles create issues.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 3 years ago

I would take that one step further Conrad Allen...if the covenants...rules and regulations were written with "no teeth" for enforcement of any rtules...rewitting and modiying becones a monster task.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

These are some excellent suggestions, Sally and David.  And, I know of a few HOA's locally that do some of these.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 3 years ago