Re: Mowing rant!
09-19-2012 07:11 AM
OK, I am the HOA president! Its a truly thankless job. In 4 years, most of which I have been on the board, I have only complained once , recently because the garbage was litterally to the ceiling on somones porch, right accross the street from the sales models.
I realize that some HOA's are like mentioned, I have a friend who was written up because she had an empty pot on her porch (it was actually a hose pot) in another subdivision. That is why I am on the HOA...because I don't want it out of control, and because no one else will do it (except the developers).
So, for those of you who moan and groan them, try attending a meeting or two...its really frustrating when you are trying to make changes for the better (ie correcting some parking issues to allow people to park in their own driveway) and you can't get enough people to vote.
Not trying to vent, and I know there are some real power trip people on HOA's, but for the most park, just people trying to do their best (although it does remind me of a few Frasier episodes!).
Pretty much how I ended up President of HOA and on the board for a total 9 years. Somebody needs to do it and if nobody steps up, someone will end up doing it for their own reasons. If you live in a development with a HOA, you want to make sure the board is a good one. If not volunteer to help since it is in your best interest. I now live in a neighborhood without a HOA but with large lots, what your neighbors are doing is far less of a concern as they aren't so close.
If you are thinking about buying in a HOA, it is really important to understand the rules BEFORE you buy to make sure it fits your needs. Also, double check the financial condition as that can affect your finances if they aren't financially sound.