The Ups and Downs of Board Presidency Hail to the Chief

It's a job that eats away at your free time, often results in you being bothered in your home after-hours and on weekends, and to top it off, doesn't pay one red cent. In fact, add up expenses like phone calls and gas, and you might even lose money on the deal. Interested?

No? Indeed—given all that, why would anybody want to be the president of their homeowners association?

The short answer is that people feel a need, a call to action if you will, to improve their properties, sometimes in regard to a specific issue, sometimes in a more general way.

"You need a desire to enhance your community, to make it better, to improve the quality of living in the community," says Mary Ann Rossotto, board president of Bold Oaks, one of the villages in Raintree in Freehold. "And to make it a better place for everyone to come home to."

"I think the first you need is patience," says Stewart Bruder, board president at Beau Ridge in Holmdel, a community of single-family structures that operates like a condo. "You get a lot of angry homeowners who vent their frustrations on the board sometimes—or specifically on the president. Things like understanding the issues and having a firm understanding of the contractors you use really helps. When you have the right answers, you feel good when you give residents a response."

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