So why are more and more people moving towards community living?
Well the theory goes something like this. It’s CHEAPER and much more CONVENIENT and MAINTENANCE FREE than living in a single family home. Homeowners move in and connect with the fellow homeowners while having the opportunity to volunteer their time for the betterment of the homeowners of the community. Furthermore, volunteer board members get to make decisions for the good of the community and the betterment of the lives of the homeowners. And the best part of all is that the homeowners get to support their neighbors and fellow homeowners even in difficult times such as a divorce or death in the family. This all leads to community living at its FINEST.
The only problem is that the above statements are not reflective of the current situation in community living. It certainly seems that the concept of community living has not reached its full potential. In some ways, it seems like community living is more like the opposite. In my experience as a CEO of a community management company for the past 15 years, people are more likely to avoid condo meetings rather than attend them. People are more likely to avoid interaction with their neighbors than to reach out. And most of the board of directors that I have asked have stated that they tried to have a social event for the community and no one showed up.
So what are the solutions to turn the tide of disconnectedness with communities? I believe there are solutions. In fact, I have come up with 7 concrete concepts that I believe will turn average community living into AMAZINGLY thriving community living. Here are those seven key elements.
Community living is about connecting with fellow homeowners. It’s about knowing the neighbors and getting to know them on a personal level. It’s about taking pride in home ownership and sharing your talents with others within your community. Community living is not about avoiding board meetings, keeping a low profile and staying out of site from the fellow homeowners. If you follow these 7 steps, I can assure you that you will more than likely transform your community into a place that you would never imaging possible. And you might actually never want to leave.
About the Author
Salvatore J. Sciacca aka “Condoboss” is one of the nation’s leading experts in the community property management industry and is also recognized for his stress relieving blogs and insight on personal and organizational transformation. He is also the President and Founder of Chicago Property Services, Chicago’s #1 community property management company specializing in management and operations of condos/townhomes/HOA’s of 100 units and under. Salvatore is also the founder of managmycommunity.com (MMC), which is a state-of-the-art online support portal for community associations.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Salvatore is recognized for his extensive knowledge of capital planning, preventative maintenance, cost-saving measures and community building techniques. He holds industry stature as a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), the designation of Association Management Specialist (AMS) and is fully licensed as a manager (License #: 261.001386) through the State of IL.
Salvatore has also traveled extensively around the world and has meditated with Buddhist monks in Nepal and met the world’s happiest man, Matthieu Ricard. He’s passions include cooking, traveling, meditating and hiking. He is also the founder and executive director of the Chicagoland Italian American Professionals organization and an amateur chef.
Salvatore can be reached at: 312.455.0107 x102 or at [email protected].