Even as the national economy has continued its slow rebound from the recent recession, home property values have remained stubbornly below normal. As a result, homeowner associations have become important tools in keeping home values from declining unnecessarily.
The non-profit Union County Neighborhood Leaders Forum was formed as a way to develop strategies to combat common problems homeowners associations face.
“UCNLF was founded as a self-help organization for neighborhood leaders and volunteers to improve conditions of participating communities,” UCNLF secretary Dr. Roger Fish said.
Members of UCNLF meet and discuss issues their neighborhoods face and as a group try to develop strategies and solutions to solve those problems.
“Our continuing focus is on finding ways to build thriving neighborhoods and how to maintain individual and community property values,” Fish said.
Specifically, Fish said the group is concerned with foreclosures, developers, homeowner association management companies, covenants and the variety of issues related to planned communities.
On Saturday, April 2 UCNLF will hold its Educational Conference, which will present information on a variety of subjects concerning communities, and give attendees a chance to ask questions.
Billy Styles, of WBT “Backyard Styles,” will speak at the conference and a panel of experts will discuss how curb appeal can increase property value.
The event will take place at Hartis Grove Baptist Church, 4224 Blanchard Circle in Indian Trail. Admission is $30, refreshments and lunch included, and anyone can attend.
As UCNLF begins its second year, the group will focus on increasing its membership and spreading its message throughout the area.
“We need to get the word out to approximately 640 associations and non-association communities in Union County and the hundreds of others in the metro area,” Fish said. The group is seeking a variety of volunteers who may be able to help them reach that goal.
“We can use volunteers who have talent in membership development, communications, website design and maintenance, public relations, event planning, legislation and fund raising,” he said.