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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.