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Welcome to the Westheimer Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) Website/blog.  We thought that the first post should be about HOAs in general.  I hope you like.   I think we can all agree that one of the purposes of an HOA is to protect the interest of the homeowners in our community.  However, an HOA can be so much more, without being too intrusive,  if everyone in the community participate in meeting and events.  We have created this site to help keep up communication between homeowners in the Westheimer Estates community.  We hope that is can be a venue to share good news, ideas and other information.  One of the first steps in living in a great community is participating in the activities of that community.  We hope that this site will help ease the burden of conflicting schedules because this site will be available 24/7.  Please also do not make the mistake to think that we will like to replace our physical meeting with this site.  Your attendance and participation as noted earlier is very important this this community.  Meanwhile, we thought sharing some commonly known information about Homeowner Associations would be a good start for our first post.  This is a community site so please feel free to submit articles that you would like to post to info@westheimerestates.org at least a three days in advance of the date you would like it to post.

An HOA provides people with shared neighborhood values, an opportunity to enforce regulations, consistent with overarching statutory constraints, to achieve a community representative of such values. In doing so, an HOA inherently restricts the rights that would otherwise exist for its members based on municipal codes. For instance, a degree of conformity is often required in exterior appearance of single family homes and there are often time limits and/or restrictions to activities generating noise.

These bylaws can be limited in various degrees by state laws, with some overriding federal judicial or statutory limits. Board members or officers are elected by the homeowners, with the ability in some states for the membership to remove board members, with some difficulty, even during term.

Homeowners Associations generally have meetings for the entire board and membership. These meetings are generally monthly or sometimes quarterly, and focus on handling the Homeowners Association’s business. In some states, the meeting’s minutes must by law be made available for viewing 24 hours a day online, requiring the HOA to launch or purchase a website.

Many homeowners’ associations include management of a development’s recreational amenities, maintained for exclusive use of its members. This can allow an individual homeowner access to a maintained pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis court or walking trail that they may not be able to otherwise afford to maintain on their own.

Each member of a homeowners’ association pays assessments that are used to cover the expenses of the development. Some examples are landscaping for the common areas, maintenance and upkeep of the subdivision’s amenities, insurance for commonly owned structures and areas, mailing costs for newsletters and other correspondence, employment of a management company or on-site manager, security personnel and gate maintenance, and any other item delineated in the governing documents or agreed to by the board of directors.

If you get anything from this post please remember that the Westheimer Estates HOA is here to protect the community interest and the investment of all of our property.  This is a small community and like it or not we are in this together.  What happens to one property inherently affects the others in the neighborhood.  Some of us are staying for a little while and a few of us have already decided to make these our retirement homes.  Therefore, we would like to keep the neighborhood safe, clean and informed of what’s going on in our surrounding community.  This do not mean that has to be a lot of regulations to but it does mean that we have to work together as a community and look out for our neighbors.  It also means that we really should get to know our neighbors just a little bit better and hopefully we can do this with the help of this website.  Thank you for doing the first step which is visiting this site.  Please do not forget to follow us.

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2 comments on “HOA

  1. Mr WordPress
    September 19, 2012

    Hi, this is a comment.
    To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

  2. Little Black Village
    October 7, 2012

    We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
    ~ Cesar Chavez

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