It is rare to find real estate brokers who take time to write; but here is Cindy Shearin doing it and providing a wonderful service to people in need of ideas and help in making property choices and decisions.
Consider her article on the benefits of living in an HOA community. She is spot on when she points out that “homeowners essentially pay the HOA to take care of many things that ordinary homeowners have to fix themselves”. This shared responsibility on common areas and facilities is one of the greatest things in subdivision or condominium living. Your small (sometimes it can be big though) contribution to the Home Owners Association is pooled with those of others to make a common fund for the upkeep of such things as parks, sidewalks, gyms and others.
The sense of an enhanced community is the best advantage of being part of this scheme. It not only provides social cohesion, it also helps in times of emergencies or disasters when people are easily called upon to organize a rescue or relief undertaking for the community or for others affected.
Having a home and a family that lives in it is important; but that home and family has to be part of a bigger community that has the purpose of providing security as well as a venue for establishing a larger family of people who share the same ideas and objectives in a particular locality.
Cindy’s article opens up opportunities for people, particularly the young, to see real estate transaction as not merely a business-as-usual matter but a multi-level cultural, social and economic process that spans more than one generation. We must admit that the type of buildings we have today may not last as long as the gigantic temples or pyramids the ancients built in the past. But the ideals and values we establish today in our lives will provide future generations a foundation for maintaining a long-lasting society that will uphold those same ideals and values. Buildings will rot and cities may even disappear; but human values and relationships will outlive all our physical properties. Ultimately, our “real estate” is our very precious lives.