HOA’s Harm
HOA Director “Qualifications” = Scam
-- What Should Be Required --
So you want to be on the HOA Board? You want to “serve” your Community? Great! You want to make this a better place to live? Great! You have some ideas and some skills that you think will benefit our Community? Good……....maybe. You think you’re ready for the “job”; the tasks-at-hand? Sorry to say, you’re not. But it’s not your fault. Realistic, insightful preparation for becoming an HOA Board Director is hard to find. The “typical” stuff online from various HOA Industry sources is, well, VERY superficial and VERY elementary. The concept of an HOA Director being literally “any” member in-good-standing, is a joke and simply no longer workable. Being a Director demands something significantly more, especially if you’re in a large HOA: say 6,500 residents, second largest “town” in the County, one of the County’s largest employers, 2,400 homes, 850+ lots, $13M in assets, a $8-10M annual budget, eleven “Amenities” and five for-profit businesses. As they current exist, HOA Directorships are often popularity- contests, sought out by “VIP” members to enhance their power and fame. This almost always proves disasterous for HOA functioning and member-representation. If homeowners are to be fairly represented, this must change. What’s needed? Candidate Qualifications - 1. Must reside in HOA full-time 2. Must have broad & balanaced knowledge on most community issues. Measured by questionnaire developed by member committee. 3. Must have in-depth background check Done by qualified “background check” firm. 4. Must complete selected online courses in HOA directorship. To be chosen by member committee. 5. Must sign “statement-of-committment” to serve in-the- best-interests of members. In-Office Requirements - 1. Must take further training in HOA-Directorship within first 90 days of office. As selected by member committee. 2. Must participate in semi-annual Board-Training provided by HOA. 3. Must pass “performance review” after 9 months in-office. Review checklist developed by member committee. A “Not-Pass” (below 50% positive) result = probationary status. Below are several Internet links to sources of education about
HOA’s Harm
HOA Director “Qualifications” = Scam
-- What Should Be Required --
So you want to be on the HOA Board? You want to “serve” your Community? Great! You want to make this a better place to live? Great! You have some ideas and some skills that you think will benefit our Community? Good……....maybe. You think you’re ready for the “job”; the tasks-at-hand? Sorry to say, you’re not. But it’s not your fault. Realistic, insightful preparation for becoming an HOA Board Director is hard to find. The “typical” stuff online from various HOA Industry sources is, well, VERY superficial and VERY elementary. The concept of an HOA Director being literally “any” member in-good-standing, is a joke and simply no longer workable. Being a Director demands something significantly more, especially if you’re in a large HOA: say 6,500 residents, second largest “town” in the County, one of the County’s largest employers, 2,400 homes, 850+ lots, $13M in assets, a $8-10M annual budget, eleven “Amenities” and five for-profit businesses. As they current exist, HOA Directorships are often popularity- contests, sought out by “VIP” members to enhance their power and fame. This almost always proves disasterous for HOA functioning and member-representation. If homeowners are to be fairly represented, this must change. What’s needed? Candidate Qualifications - 1. Must reside in HOA full-time 2. Must have broad & balanaced knowledge on most community issues. Measured by questionnaire developed by member committee. 3. Must have in-depth background check Done by qualified “background check” firm. 4. Must complete selected online courses in HOA directorship. To be chosen by member committee. 5. Must sign “statement-of-committment” to serve in-the- best-interests of members. In-Office Requirements - 1. Must take further training in HOA-Directorship within first 90 days of office. As selected by member committee. 2. Must participate in semi-annual Board-Training provided by HOA. 3. Must pass “performance review” after 9 months in-office. Review checklist developed by member committee. A “Not-Pass” (below 50% positive) result = probationary status. Below are several Internet links to sources of education about HOA’s. They focus on the history, industry trends and current issues within the HOA field. They are from the “Bigger Picture” perspective, but also contain much aimed at the individual HOA and Director. “The Myth of 'Privatopia' / Do private residential governments mean the end of the American dream?” by Carol Lloyd, 2002 http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/The-Myth- of-Privatopia-Do-private-residential-2710581.php 2015 Presentation by Evan McKenzie at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia (Video) https://vimeo.com/234593703 Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government. Evan McKenzie. Privatopia Papers. Evan McKenzie’s blog. Independent American Communities The purpose of this blog is to inform and educate readers about the economic and political realities of living in Common Interest Developments (CIDs)… https://independentamericancommunities.com/about- independent-american-communities-blog/