Category Archives: Social Media

Series: How to Communicate With Your Residents

Method # 3 – Over Social Media

Social media is one of the least preferred communication methods by HOA residents, especially among residents 45 and up. Except for residents 18 to 24, it is the least popular communication method, but it’s still important to have a social media presence and be able to communicate via social media, so, in this series, we’ll look at successful communication via social media.HOA Resident Communication over social media

Social Media Is Growing in Popularity

Social media communication is still a turnoff for older residents, but the younger generation prefers it over home phone and work phone communication. Continue reading

Series: How to Communicate With Your Residents

Method # 2 – Over Voice and Text

In the last series, we looked at how email is the most popular form of communication with homeowners. However, voice and text are also preferred methods of communication, so in this article, we’ll take a closer look at communicating via cellphone.

Voice Is More Popular Than TextingResident  HOA communication over the phone

After email communication, communicating via cellphone calls is the next most popular communication method for residents. Just about everyone these days has a cellphone and refuses to leave home without it, making it a surefire way of getting ahold of someone. In fact, younger homeowners may not even have their own landlines. Text messaging is not as popular as voice communication, but it is still the third most popular means of communication for younger HOA residents. Residents 55 and older tend to prefer in-person communication and home phone calls significantly more than text messaging. Continue reading

Use LinkedIn and See Your Company Grow!

shutterstock_172990391While Facebook, Google+, and Twitter may be the social media sites that get the most press, LinkedIn has become an incredibly valuable online tool for businesses. The all-business social media site is geared entirely toward professional marketing and networking, and provides many tools for property management companies to grow their businesses. Continue reading

Parking Rules For Communities and Condos

shutterstock_143238916One of the things that prospective buyers often forget to consider when they go looking for a new home is whether or not the condo or community they want to move into places restrictions on parking. Parking restrictions are some of the most common rules that HOAs adopt, and are also some of the most violated. Here’s a brief look at what some of the reasons for HOA parking restrictions are, and why they exist.

Common Parking Rules

One of the most common parking rules adopted by HOAs is placing a cap on the number of cars per home that can be parked on community grounds. The reason for this is pretty self-explanatory: many communities are suffering from a lack of parking space. Especially when it comes to condos, there may not be enough available parking spaces for each home to have more than one or two cars, and adopting a cap makes the distribution of the parking spaces that are available more equitable.

Another common parking rule that often goes along with parking space caps is limiting the use of guest spaces. Condo units that have a few extra spaces for guests often restrict the amount of time that each resident can have guests using them. Again, this is done in the name of fairness; it allows everyone who lives in the building to make use of the spots without allowing a few residents to monopolize them.

Other Parking Rules

Some other rules that are often adopted by HOAs include: not allowing residents to park overnight in driveways, restricting parking on the street, restricting the washing or repairing of cars on the property, and disallowing oversized vehicles. These types of rules are adopted both out of concerns about space, and to maintain the neighborhood’s attractiveness and cleanliness. Because the general atmosphere of its community is one of the HOA’s concerns, they will often create these sorts of rules to keep the neighborhood clean and pleasant to live in.

HOAs often adopt other types of parking rules depending on their neighborhood’s particular area and situation. What kind of parking restrictions, if any, does your neighborhood have? Do you feel that they are effective? Let us know in the comments!

Parking rules can easily be posted onto your AssociationVoice website. Click here for more information.

Securing Your Community in the Age of Social Media

Social-Media-Security-BasicsIs using social media making your community less safe? Before you dismiss the question, consider just how much your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites actually reveal. By revealing so many details of our personal lives and locations where we have limited control over who can see them, it is possible that you are putting your security at risk.

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