Feb 7, 2014
THE SHEARIN GROUP The Benefits of Living in an HOA Community
Every day, people ask me if I have any available listings in the Manhattan Village gated community. It’s such a popular location because of the safety, the incredible parkettes and sidewalks, and the gated surroundings. Of course, there are Homeowners Association fees when you live in a place like Manhattan Village, to cover the community areas, drives, paths, flowers, and roads. Many townhouse or condo buildings also have HOA fees, as do many ordinary neighborhoods in Redondo Beach that have parks and parkettes that are enjoyed by the locals.
HOA fees might not make sense to someone who has not lived with them before, but I’d like to tell you the main benefits of living in an HOA community.
All maintenance is shared. Your homeowner’s association fees are pooled so that when a road, a gate, a park or a common area tree needs to be fixed, it gets fixed from that money. This means that lawn care, playgrounds, gate and fence repair, etc. are all taken care of by someone else. The homeowners essentially pay the HOA to take care of many things that ordinary homeowners have to fix themselves.
Those parks and trails and playgrounds I mentioned before? Those are available to everyone in the community, for free. Pools, pathways, basketball courts, or any amenity paid for by the homeowners’ association fees is free for anyone living in the neighborhood. Some neighborhoods even have gyms, basketball courts, or more elaborate shared amenities.
Disputes between your neighbors don’t have to result in a civil lawsuit when there is an HOA. Any disagreements between residents are and led by the community itself, making complaints and arguments much easier to deal with and much more efficient.
Last, you will get to see your neighbors more and gain a better sense of community. Because your HOA gives you a stake and a voting voice in what happens in your neighborhood, you are more likely to reach out to your neighbors, find out what they think, and discuss ways to make the neighborhood better. You’ll make friends and will create great community events, fundraisers, or make better decisions as a group about any major changes or development.
The residents of Manhattan Village all enjoy these benefits because of their gated, HOA community lifestyle. As a group, they pool their resources and make better decisions about the future of their neighborhood.
CINDY SHEARIN, THE SHEARIN GROUP, CERTIFIED LUXURY HOME MARKETING SPECIALIST
Jun 8, 2012
“I prefer living in the UK more than anywhere else. I like the history, I like the culture, I like the under-dog attitude,” he explains. “The UK is a good place to get things done.”
Mr Yassaie’s eyes light up as he waxes lyrical about Britain’s successes in technology and his commitment to building up Imagination’s research and development facilities in the UK – notably at its new headquarters in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.
But there is one big problem standing in his way: those pesky overseas students who do just as Mr Yassaie planned to, by coming to Britain, getting their degrees and then taking their highly educated brains back home.
“It is very important that we are able to hire the workforce we need from within the UK and that really is a challenge. Partly because the universities don’t necessarily teach the right things, and partly because you don’t get enough home students,” he says.
“At British universities, 85pc or 90pc of the [postgraduate] students are from overseas. Only 10pc are British. That is a problem and it has to be fixed.
“We need those engineers in the UK to help create the future. If we don’t [start educating more UK citizens] we will be forced to set up offices elsewhere.”
Imagination, which is best known for Pure digital radios and its graphics technology, used in Apple’s iPhone, is on a mission to recruit 200 UK staff this year. Of those, about 100 will be new graduate positions.
However, the dearth of good candidates means the company has had to expand its research and development centres in India and Poland to help it keep up with demand, and is hitting the acquisitions trail as a way of simply buying up engineers.
Imagination has also launched a university and school outreach programme, headed by Mr Yassaie’s computer science graduate daughter, aimed at inspiring students early on.
“Britain is impacting the technology industry, big time, but it’s all under the hood,” he says, referring to companies like his own, or Cambridge’s ARM Holdings, which design the chips that power the mobiles, tablets and games consoles produced by the likes of Apple or Samsung.
“We are not consumer brands so a lot of people don’t understand that the gear they buy has a lot of British technology inside. Part of the challenge is about making it cool, making sure people understand what we do. What we need is a rock star for the industry,” he says.
Jun 8, 2012 9:36pm
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