Since the 1970s, community associations have been a popular housing choice for people around the world—and the number of new condominium communities and homeowners associations is expected to increase by more than 3,000 in 2024, according to projections by the Foundation for Community Association Research, an affiliate organization of Community Associations Institute (CAI).
This year, the Ungated blog published 50 posts—a fitting number for celebrating CAI’s 50th anniversary. Revisit the top five most read posts in 2023, and look for more content relevant to community association leaders and residents in the new year.
While nestled in the heart of Spring, Texas, where snowfall is a rare sight, the Windrose Community Association has found a creative way to bring the joy of winter to its residents. Each year, usually during the holiday season, Windrose transforms a designated area into a Texas winter wonderland by creating a snowy hill that children can enjoy. This heartwarming tradition not only brings joy to the children, but also strengthens the sense of community within Windrose.
The Highlands Ranch Community Association, a master planned community of more than 32,000 homes and 2,000 commercial venues in the Denver suburbs, prides itself on governance and service for its more than 100,000 residents. That dedication recently earned the community the CAI Rocky Mountain Chapter association of the year award.
Freddie Mac took a giant step toward transparency last week when it announced sweeping changes to its condominium and housing cooperative financing system. The government-sponsored enterprise that underwrites mortgages is introducing a tool that indicates whether a community is “certified” for financing or “not eligible”—and providing guidance that explains why a community may not be eligible.