11/26/2005: Happy Homes…
And Homeowner Associations...
” New research shows that the 54 million Americans who make their homes in homeowner and condominium associations are overwhelmingly happy where they live -- even if neighborhood pets are an occasional source of aggravation.
According to a national survey conducted by Zogby International, more than seven in 10 respondents say they are satisfied with their community association experience, expressing strong satisfaction with both the homeowner volunteers who govern their associations and the community managers who provide professional support. Only one in 10 express some level of dissatisfaction, while two in 10 are neutral on the question.
Eighty-six percent of community association residents say they get along well with their immediate neighbors, with just 5 percent reporting a negative relationship. Of those who report issues with neighbors, the most common problems involve pets, general lifestyle, noise and parking. Of those reporting issues, 28 percent cite pets.
"Utopia doesn't exist in any segment of society," Jerome added, "but it's reassuring to know that the people who govern and manage community associations are working successfully to meet the expectations of millions of homeowners across the country."
-- US News Wire.
Well, given my experiences in working on our HOA here at Dennis Hastert Corner, many folks are appreciative of the efforts and work all of us Board members (we have nine Board members, one for each of the nine neighborhoods, totaling over 700 homes) put in as volunteers to oversee the management and upkeep of our common areas, 11 ponds, Covered Bridge and Stone monument, etc.
But it's nice to see that on the whole many people see the value and work done and think it helps keep up their property values and enhances the neighborhood they live in.
Karen on 11.26.05 @ 08:38 AM CST