Thursday, January 19, 2017

SOLUTION WANTED: HOA Web Based Management Service

Just in case you don’t know an HOA is a Home Owners Association. They are very common in the Eastern USA and especially in Northern Virginia. I am part of two and they have their pros and cons. HOA’s main expense is usually road building and maintenance. The town or county will maintain the road up to the front gate leaving the internal roads to the HOA members who pay a fixed annual fee to the HOA. The HOA usually has at least 4 people who act as officers. Some issues are voted on by the members (such as a fee increase) and some are not (like who gets plowed out first after the snow). The is usually some issues with the way the HOA acts so there is some groups that feel short changed by both little or big decisions. One might be fee increases for those home close (or even on a county road). They pay the same rate as those a mile inside the HOA roads. HOAs collect tens of thousands to millions of dollars a year depending on their size and also provide things like trash removal, cable or FIOS TV, swimming pool, club house, security. From 10 - 1000 members they may make 100s-1000s of payments each year, some planned some not. So …

SOLUTION WANTED: HOA Web Based Management Service

Requirements:

- HOA web site, some public, some password protected
- Discussion boards for various issues
- Budget, fee collection and payment tracking (configurable visibility to HOA members)
- Optional Voting system (ballot creation, distribution, voting)
- Cloud based (no one wants to host their own these days)
- Complete and automatic data backup (in case your hosting people have an issue)
- Optional advertisements to create revenue for the HOA