Happy Homes: A Consumer’s Guide to Maryland Condo and HOA Law and Best Practices for Homeowners and Boards is now available through Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

After retiring from NIH as a Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator ten years ago, I began volunteering with Maryland Homeowners’ Association (MHA), an advocacy group dedicated to promoting homeowner rights. I served in a number of leadership positions including MHA President. I was one of a team of volunteers who answered homeowners’ and board members’ e-mailed questions to mail@marylandhomeownersassociation.info. Many of the questions I researched appeared repeatedly, leading me to realize that Marylanders needed an easy to read book describing Maryland homeowner association (HOA) and condominium association (Condo) laws and best practices.

A year or so ago, I began writing Condo Corners, a series of referenced short articles that my local Columbia Town Center Association published in their monthly newsletter Centerfold. I continued to write regularly for the Centerfold. And in response to a clear consumer need for easy-to-read information, I decided that the 28 Condo Corners I had written would form the nucleus of a consumer guide for homeowners in condominiums and homeowner associations. I expanded the Condo Corner articles and the result is Happy Homes, a Consumer’s Guide to Maryland Condo and HOA Law and Best Practices for Homeowners and Boards. I hope Happy Homes makes association living easier and more enjoyable for you.

Jeanne Ketley

Condo Corner

Introducing Condo Corner

October 11th, 2013

This is the first of a series of articles designed to help condo owners build a happy and successful community. How many of us in Town Center know we live in 3 Common Ownership Communities (COCs), each with its own set of covenants? They are the Columbia Association, the Town Center Association and our condominium association. For most of us, the most important association for our personal financial health and happiness is the one we send our monthly condo fees to, our own condo association.

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