Chrysler’s “Farmer” ad that ran during Super Bowl XLVII drove many people to seek more information about the company’s Ram brand trucks immediately after the long spot aired. Apparently they were moved at least a in part by the proud, heartland feel of the commercial, which was set to the rousing address, “So God Made a Farmer,” by the late radio personality Paul Harvey.
Neighbors in an Ohio suburb had been feuding for two years when one of them kidnapped the other’s dog—and took it to a local shelter, says a local report. The culprit told kennel staff he had found the dog running around some railroad tracks. When the dog’s owners asked, the neighbor denied any involvement. But after finding their pup in a shelter, they contacted the police with their suspicions.
It wasn’t long before the vengeful dog-napping plan was uncovered. The dog-napper was arrested, sentenced to a month in jail, and ordered not to have contact with his neighbors.
Neighborly Tip: His frustration isn’t entirely unreasonable–a loose dog could be dangerous, or end up hurt if it runs in the path of a car. But a call to Animal Control would have been a better solution. Ohio (like most states) has a leash law, which states that a dog must be leashed and controlled by its owner or keeper at all times, except during recreational hunting.
Does your community need a professional HOA manager or can volunteers handle the load?
Checklist: A pro is the way to go if: Your HOA must manage a lot of building systems, amenities, and properties;
Home owners don’t have time to volunteer to manage the association; Home owners don’t have the skills to do association work, such as depositing and recording dues checks or managing a pool; The management companies you’re considering can get discounts from contractors or service providers, such as insurance companies, and those discounts are important to your HOA.
If the issues above don’t stand in your way, you can save money by not hiring a professional manager. Recruit volunteers who can handle billing, correspondence, and complaints. In general, you’ll want to fill board and committee volunteer positions with folks who have skills in: Finance, Operations, Law, Public relations and Vendor management.
Use a mix of pro and DIY in your HOA. Some HOAs have an accounting firm handle billing, deposits, and audits, while board members manage contractors and tackle correspondence, complaints, and inquiries from owners.
Why bother, hire a professional real estate firm. (Houselogic, 1/11)