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What is AN HOA?

There are many benefits to living in a master-planned community. For starters, they usually include community amenities and social events that are conveniently organized creating more opportunity to live, work and play. Ever wonder who is behind the scenes making this happen? Often, it’s the community’s Homeowners Association, known as an HOA. Let’s explore what this means by answering commonly asked questions about HOA’s.

Q: So, what is an HOA? ?

A: As you begin searching communities, you may consider, “Will there be a Homeowners Association? ”If you have never lived in a master-planned community, you may ask yourself, “What is an HOA?” Simply put, an HOA, or Homeowners Association, is an organization responsible for ensuring the community and its amenities are thriving. The Association takes on specific responsibilities to manage the needs of the community and build a sense of unity among its homeowners.

Q: Got it. But what does the HOA do exactly?

A: We are glad you asked. Specific responsibilities include administrative tasks like keeping financial records and managing contracts for services. They also focus on the lifestyle side of the community by overseeing committees, organizing annual meetings and planning lifestyle events to promote neighbor socialization. From Outdoor Movie Nights to Cookies with Santa, creating unity and fun for home owners is the heart of the HOAs within our HHHunt Communities. HHHunt Communities founded Genesis Community Management to provide our homeowners with the best and brightest professionals who help our HOAs with best practices and advice to run as efficiently as possible.

Q: How do I get more involved with the HOA and with the community in general?

A: Great question. Joining the Board of Directors or a committee within the community is a great place to start. Read below for a list of committees to choose from and a description of each:

  • Board of Directors: members who make policy decisions and attend quarterly meetings to address community needs and future plans. The Board contracts a management company for the day-to-day operations. These members are elected annually and require the most commitment.
  • Lifestyle Committee: members who strategize and plan multiple community events.
  • Modifications Committee: members who review applications sent in by homeowners for making exterior changes to their property.
  • Budget and Finance Committee: members who help determine and address the annual budget recommendations.
  • Event Personnel: these are volunteers who assist in the execution of social events – this is the least intensive commitment and a great way to meet neighbors!

Q: What is an HOA assessment and what does it cover?

A: HOA assessments vary by community, but they are typically billed quarterly. These fees cover the many services an HOA provides from amenities to events and more. In low-maintenance communities, there are maintenance services provided by the HOA that are included in the fees as well, such as maintaining the roof, replacing siding and re-paving the driveway. Living in a community with an HOA provides peace of mind as it ensures not only a well-managed community but also maintains home values.

Q: If I want to make an exterior change to my property, does that go through the HOA?

A: Yes, exterior improvements go through a review process to ensure consistency in construction andcommunity design. This process varies by community, but the steps below are the same when sending ina request to change the exterior property:

  • The homeowner should first review the design standards of the community to make sure it’s a feasible request.
  • Next, the homeowner should fill out a Modifications Application and submit any supplemental documents noted on the application.

Once these two steps are complete, the Modifications Committee (sometimes called the Architectural Review Committee) will review the application. If it is approved, the homeowners will receive a written approval that exterior change to the property may take place.

At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters, and we hope you find this information helpful in understanding the role of an HOA in a master-planned community. Explore our award-winning new home communities in Virginia and North Carolina. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more content like this, as well as video tours, helpful tips and more.

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