Ever wondered why you have a neighborhood association? Your association may be your best tool to protect the value of your home and the quality of your neighborhood. Neighborhood associations do any number of different things, such as setting and collecting the membership needed to run an association, maintaining landscaping or recreation areas, and providing for events or meeting places for neighborhood functions.
One of the most important functions of an association is to enforce zoning restrictions and protect the value of the community assets – among those being your home.
If zoning restriction violations are not corrected, there can be very negative results over time. Estimates are that property values in a neighborhood with an inactive association can fall as much as twenty percent due to failure to enforce restrictions. The association, acting through its board of directors, can help control the appearance of the neighborhood by taking zoning codes seriously and by vigorously enforcing any significant infraction of those restrictions.
Zoning codes are legally binding, which provide for building, maintaining, and use of the homes in your neighborhood. The zoning codes control how homes look and what can be done to alter them within the neighborhood.
Why do so many homeowners buy their home in a neighborhood with an association? They purchased with an expectation that their property and those in their community would be protected by zoning restrictions and maintained to a certain reasonable standard. What does it take to keep a neighborhood attractive and nice? The crucial factor is the willingness of the men and women who make up the association's board of directors to help enforce the rules that have been created. What could happen if the zoning restrictions are not enforced? There is a good chance of the neighborhood looking dramatically different over time from the way it did when you first bought your home.
Without these zoning codes and laws, some people would leave garbage in their yards permanently, never maintain their homes, park their cars and boats on the grass in their front yards, park motor homes in the street for years, leave construction unfinished, and make every kind of bizarre, structurally unsound remodeling project you can imagine. These are very examples of problems faced by many neighborhoods.
So, what is the value of your neighborhood association? If you consider the amount of taxes plus the cost of homeownership you are paying annually and compare that to any drop in value of your property, wouldn’t you agree that makes our association invaluable? Please join us today.
Valerie St. John
President, Spruce Park Neighborhood Association
P.S. I forgot to mention it is great way to meet new friends!
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