Homeowner associations (HOA) have to provide a lot of information to residents of their community. This is one of the reasons why a having a community website is a must today. Having an association website for your HOA is a great way to organize your association information, simplify and practically automate your process for disseminating your community information.
Benefits of a Good Community Website
An HOA website provides the perfect solution for information dissemination in an easily accessible manner. With well organized and readily available content, homeowners can fully understand what is happening in their community. Members will be more inclined to follow rules and regulations that can be clearly defined, posted, and accessible on your website.
Besides providing useful information for your members, your community website provides the opportunity for prospective home buyers, and even the public to find and learn more about your association and community.
Whenever a prospective home buyer searches the internet for your homeowner’s association, whatever they find is their first impression.
You want that first impression to be a good one! A community HOA website allows you to control how people perceive your community. The website is a reflection of the community itself; a modern, maintained website can make your community appear modern and maintained.Your community HOA website allows you to control how people perceive your community Click To Tweet
Websites can also affect sales, attract ideal neighbors, and market your community.
Another advantage of having a community website is the reach it gives you. Think of your association website as a platform that allows you to engage your entire community at once. There are times when this can especially come in handy. When you have an upcoming annual meeting or community event, you want to get the word out to your residents to ensure a good turnout. Some associations have eliminated paper newsletters altogether in favor of electronic communications.
Top 2 Reasons to Create a Website for Your Community
1. Improve Communication
Community websites bolster communication and show Board Transparency. That can mean many things, like making it easier for residents to access important documents, and giving public notice about upcoming events.
Practical ways for the Board to use a website for communication:
- Post governing documents, meeting minutes, and financial reports.
- Send email blasts about important announcements.
- Share information about upcoming events.
- Display photos and details about community facilities and amenities.
- Use a password protected Members Area on the non-public side of the website for private document postings.
- Get important amendments passed with an online voting module.
- No need to carry heavy documents to meetings, your site is the repository for official and legal documents in an easily accessible and organized manner.
Practical ways for the Members to use a website for communication:
- Allow visitors to send messages to the manager easily with a contact form.
- Send maintenance and alteration requests instantaneously to your property manager.
- Book clubhouse reservations.
- Improve safety, communications, accessibility, and interactivity among residents.
2. Save Time & Costs
Because your site is functional around-the-clock, owners no longer need to manually request information from board members. With the online placement of pertinent documents especially financials, minutes, governing documents many questions can be answered immediately. Expensive mass mailings can be replaced with email blasts and public calendar postings, a far more affordable alternative. Contact forms and electronic payments significantly reduce processing time.
Practical ways for the Board to use a website to save time and cost.
- Eliminating duplicate paperwork.
- Reduce mailing and printing costs.
- Collect dues and fees online.
- Handle assessments and ARC requests.
Practical ways for the Members to use a website to save time and cost
- Pay dues online
- Eliminate postage.
- The convenience of information from the comfort of home.
Association Websites Build Stronger Community Relationships
Imagine more families at community events, more participation in open meetings, and friendlier neighbors that know each other better. Communities can experience increased engagement and involvement by making event information readily available, sending announcements via email, and posting community events so folks can readily see what is on tap.
Rinaldo Acri CEO of Acri Community Realty says, “Acri managed websites save our Associations time, money and effort as well as promoting Director transparency.”
ACRI websites are designed to be mobile responsive, secured with HTTPS and managed internally by an Acri Web Team. Additional security and insurance are also provided. Acri does all of the work, in real time, all of the time. With your website’s 24/7 availability, you can provide easy access to official HOA documents, send email blasts and showcase your community amenities and location.
Contact Acri for more information about creating your community website today.