Blog Stories Why you should get involved with your HOA

Why you should get involved with your HOA

By Danielle Deschenes, March 28, 2024

Homeownership comes with a multitude of responsibilities beyond just paying the mortgage and maintaining your property. For those residing in communities governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), active involvement in the association can significantly impact not only the value of individual properties but also the overall quality of life within the community. Despite the common misconceptions and occasional frustrations associated with HOAs, there are numerous reasons why owners should consider actively participating in their HOA.

Protecting Property Values:

  • One of the primary functions of an HOA is to maintain the aesthetic appeal and standards of the community. By enforcing rules and regulations regarding property maintenance, landscaping, and architectural guidelines, the HOA helps preserve property values for all homeowners. Active involvement in the HOA ensures that these standards are upheld consistently, thereby safeguarding the investment homeowners have made in their properties.

Fostering a Sense of Community:

  • Involvement in the HOA provides homeowners with opportunities to connect with their neighbors and contribute to building a strong sense of community. Participating in HOA meetings, events, and committees allows residents to collaborate on various initiatives, from organizing social gatherings to implementing neighborhood improvement projects. Through these interactions, homeowners can develop meaningful relationships, enhance neighborhood cohesion, and create a supportive environment for all residents.

Influence and Decision-Making:

  • Being actively engaged in the HOA empowers homeowners to have a voice in important decision-making processes that directly affect their community. Whether it’s determining the annual budget, approving architectural changes, or setting policies and rules, homeowners who participate in HOA governance can influence outcomes that align with their preferences and priorities. By actively contributing to discussions and voting on issues, homeowners can shape the direction and policies of the HOA in a manner that reflects the collective interests of the community.

Addressing Concerns and Resolving Issues:

  • Every community faces its share of challenges, whether it’s related to maintenance issues, disputes among residents, or external factors impacting the neighborhood. Active involvement in the HOA provides homeowners with a platform to voice their concerns, seek solutions to problems, and work together towards resolution. Whether through direct participation in board meetings or serving on committees tasked with specific responsibilities, homeowners can play a proactive role in addressing issues and maintaining a high quality of life within the community.

Ensuring Transparency and Accountability:

  • Transparency and accountability are essential components of effective HOA governance. By getting involved in the HOA, homeowners can promote transparency by advocating for open communication, access to information, and adherence to established processes and procedures. Active participation also encourages accountability among HOA board members and management, as homeowners can hold them accountable for their actions, decisions, and stewardship of community resources.

Involvement in a Homeowners Association may require a time commitment and dedication, but the benefits far outweigh the effort involved. By actively participating in their HOA, homeowners can protect their property values, foster a sense of community, influence decision-making, address concerns, and promote transparency and accountability. Ultimately, getting involved in the HOA enables homeowners to play a proactive role in shaping the future of their community and ensuring that it remains a desirable place to call home.


Danielle Deschenes

OR Broker | Tenant Placement Specialist


I can't wait to help you navigate the Portland Real Estate Market. Whether you are a first time home buyer, a seasoned investor or somewhere in-between, you can count on me to help you through the process of buying or selling your home! As a 100% Pacific Northwesterner, I love all that this city has to offer (rain and all). Originally from Bothell, Washington I spent most of my life in Retail Management. I started my work career as most do as a courtesy clerk, little did I know I would stick with it well after college. I studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Washington with an emphasis in Criminology. To this day, I still find myself watching shows that have to do with true and fictional crime. In 2013, my boyfriend and I moved to Salt Lake City, UT with 2 dogs and 2 cats. No easy feat for anyone. There I spent a year working for eBay as a Customer Solutions Agent. My hats off go to those of you that do that work, it is not easy! After 2 years in beautiful Utah, we decided that Portland was the place to be. After coming to visit to look for housing, we knew that we had made the right decision. We fell in love with all this city has to offer. I knew that the great PNW was where I belong, I was home! Over the years I have bought and sold property in Seattle, and we own our home here in SE Portland. I have always loved to look at homes on the internet and would stop by open houses when I drive by them. Hmmm, what better career blends a love for homes and a natural affinity for customer service into one? Here is where my Real Estate venture begins. I want to help you love Portland! What better way than to own your own home? I'm always available to take the very best care of you and anyone you refer to me. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Let's go grab a coffee or a beer and we can talk about your plans for home ownership in this beautiful city!
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