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The Orchards @ Anderson Heights Homeowners' Blog

The Official blog of The Orchards @ Anderson Heights – made by homeowners, for homeowners

The HOA

How it all works…

An Association is a not-for-profit organization of owners formed for the purpose of maintaining the common areas. A Homeowners Association (HOA) was formed when the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions were recorded. You became a member of the Association the day you closed on your new home. Although not a voting member of the Association, renters and lessees are also bound by the decisions of the CC&Rs, Design Guide, and the decisions of the Board and its various Committees. ALL residents are strongly encouraged to attend HOA meetings and voice opinions and ideas.

The Orchards at Anderson Heights HOA provides community leadership, architectural control, covenant enforcement, community events, accounting and finance, operation and maintenance of recreation facilities.

Community leadership is provided by the Board of Directors and any Committees formed by the Board and the Membership. Residents can participate in various committees, though the Board may restrict participation for some Committees to Owners only. These committees help shape the future of Orchards at Anderson Heights. All meetings are open to the public.

Homeowners are required to submit plans for all exterior improvements to the Architectural Review Committee and obtain approval prior to the beginning of any work. Our goal is to ensure choices are in harmony with the overall appearance of the community.

The HOA is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of persons democratically elected by their membership. Elections to the Board are held at the Association’s annual meeting, and members typically serve staggered, multi-year terms. In this community, at the time this document was written, terms are two years long; two Directors are elected in even-numbered years and three Directors are elected in odd-numbered years. As in other forms of representative government (federal, state and local), the association members elect persons whom they believe will devote the time and will best represent their interests. The Board Directors have a fiduciary duty to use good business judgment and to put the best interests of the entire community ahead of their own personal interests. (NOTE: Directors are elected, not positions such as President, etc. At the first meeting after the election, the “new” Board meets and they decide among themselves who will be in each position: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director-at-Large.)

The Board is empowered to make all of the operational decisions affecting the HOA with the exception of certain powers which are specified in the governing documents and reserved exclusively for the membership (such as approval of special assessments or increases to annual assessments above a particular amount, or election and removal of directors).

The Board is required to comply with all of the mandates cited within the governing documents, represent the best interests of the Community as a whole, and the collective needs and desires of the membership. The Board usually has the authority to determine the broad range of quality and quantity of services provided by or for the association. For example, if the governing documents state that the association shall be responsible for the maintenance of the grounds, the Board may either select a contractor to perform a minimal level of service, or hire a full-time on-site grounds crew to provide the highest level of care – choices which result in a correspondingly wide-range of costs to the members.

One of the most important functions of the Board is to establish the organizational structure for the HOA. The organizational structure determines a chain of command to specifically assign the tasks and duties of the HOA to a management team and committees of the Board. The management team may consist of a combination of volunteers, paid employees or a contract management company. Once established, the organizational structure should not be changed unless significant improvements or changes are needed.

The Board is ultimately responsible for the oversight of the HOA (“the buck stops with the Board”). Although the Board may retain and delegate some of its duties to volunteers, contractors and professionals, the Board is still ultimately responsible for the duties it may have assigned to others.

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Homeowners can make payments online by going to: https://hoamco.com/payment.html

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If you have any questions or comments about this site, the HOA or anything else, please go the Contact page and send a message!

HOA Management Companies:

The Orchards – Sub-Association &
Anderson Heights – Master Association
HOAMCO
8700 A Education Pl NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
(505) 888-4479

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