Since our last ProTip entry, we had some time to talk to SFMC’s own George Ellis about his thoughts on the subject. Hopefully, his thoughts will help encourage you to get involved and attend a meeting to see for yourself:
1. What do you think are the main benefits to regular attendance at HOA meetings?
“They are better informed and educated. They are better able to become involved. They get to know the association leadership personally and are able to involve themselves with available committees. They are also exposed to the professionalism that oversees the association and they tend to feel a sense of ownership.”
2. What goes on at a typical meeting that homeowners might not realize?
A big part is the current board initiatives. i.e. “We are going to plant 50 trees” (hey, I didn’t know that).
The typical attendee sees beyond the mowing, swimming pool and monthly assessment payments. They see the discussions of investments, rules enforcement, interactions with developers, county, insurance, web sites, Architectural Review Committee work, public utility easement discussions, lawsuit activity (mainly collections), etc.
Often times the board and management are keyed into the small details and the attendee becomes more educated.”