Homeowner Association Management Teams Bring Added Value

One reason that people choose to rent property instead of buying is the ease of doing so. They pay their rent every month and, because they do, they know that the property will be cared for. After all, how nice is it that maintenance is just a phone call away? Property owners, generally, don’t get this luxury.

Many neighborhood and condo associations organize themselves into home owner associations in order to take share the financial burden and management burden of caring for property. Usually, monthly meetings are held in which maintenance decisions are made, the financial health of the organization is evaluated, delinquent payments are discussed, and future plans for the neighborhood or building are proposed. Most of the time, these organizations are run by one member who invariable sacrifices much of his or her time managing the association. These volunteers hire maintenance, lawn service, check local building codes, recover late payments, and manage the association’s money.

New association management companies are now providing an affordable alternative to volunteer-only home owners associations. The problem is that a volunteer, if they did just the minimum needed to maintain the building, spends a lot of his or her time. So, there are things that the average volunteer probably would not go out of their way to do. For instance, an association management company can offer professional financial analysis. I doubt many volunteer association managers do that.

Surprisingly these management companies are able to provide this service at a reasonable cost. They are able to do so, because they spread the costs of, say, a gardener, among many properties. So, because the manager is “a big” client of his lawn care business, he gives him a deal. Fees depend on the level of management, i.e. number of services, needed by the association. They provide services that most associations already use, but they can also to add value to the property by providing professionals to serve the associations. Their experience personnel attend association meetings and provide information to it members about monthly financial reports and budget preparation.

There are two major advantages to outsourcing the association’s management. The first is that collecting delinquent payments from your neighbors can cause a lot of problems. Association managers will do that for you and will even start the early stages of the collection process. The other main advantage is that it makes your property more marketable. One of the first things a potential buyer is going to look at is the financial health of the association. If you show them monthly financial reports, there is no doubt they will be impressed.

Managing a home owners association is a daunting task, one that with which working professionals can barely keep up. Yet for a similar price, the grunt work can be outsourced to a company whose business is property management. This service could add value to your property while taking the headache of owning a home away.