Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monthly meeting agenda for Thursday September 2

All are welcome, these are public meetings.

Broadmoor Property Owners Association/Broadmoor Recreational Improvement District Board of Directors
Thursday, September 2, 2010

I. Introductions

II. August minutes

III. Treasurer’s report

IV. Public relations
      1. Consider expenditure for fall newsletter ($300)

V. Pool report

VI. Neighborhood Watch report

VII. Clubhouse, Park, Lake, and Dam issues
       1. Maintenance person
       2. Improving fish habitat in Broadmoor Lake
           A. Coleman Creek improvements meeting
       3. Bids for fence along centerline of dam
       4. Other items

VIII. Quality of life issues
        1. Yard of the Week winners
        2. Code/Landlord issues
        3. Speeding-Ask police to assign speed enforcement?
        4. Consider joining Arkansas Preservation Alliance ($25)
        5. Other items

IX. New, old, other business and announcements

X. Adjourn

Helpful information
Broadmoor website: www.broadmoorlr.com
Broadmoor Blog: www.broadmoorlr.blogspot.com
UALR University District: www.ualr.edu/universitydistrict
Police non-emergency number 371-4829
Online 311: www.lr311.org
Alert Center: Carla Nichols: 666-0916

University District and real estate agent Jackie Twillie featured in the Daily Record

University District and real estate agent Jackie Twillie featured in the Daily Record.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Better Landlord Relations

An old post, still relevant today:

Two Broadmoor residents recently contacted the board  about problems with neighbors. One resident was a long-time Broadmoor homeowner. The other leases a house in the neighborhood and has not been with us very long.

Both were having problems with the residents of neighborhing houses. The problems were typical: overoccupancy with associated noise and parking problems (several automobiles parked in the yard and blocking other people's parking areas), and scary barking dogs. Directly approaching the residents did not solve the problems.

In each case, good property management would have prevented the problems. It is bad business to rent a house without following up and checking on the house occasionally. Overoccupancy damages the property and costs the owner money. Requiring residents to control their pets so they do not bark all day and night and annoy neighbors is the owners responsibility as well.

In Broadmoor, we consider the owner of the home to be our neighbor as much as the people leasing the property. We expect the owner to be as concerned about the maintenance, appearance, and safety of their Broadmoor house as they are about the house they live in on North Jackson, Bella Rosa, or River Estates Cove.

We have convened a small working group to discuss what we can do to work with landlords to improve their property management--and their profits. We have addressed the Little Rock Landlords Association and discussed our expectations with them. 

Save Now

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UDDC to complete work on first house

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) will complete its first single family substantial rehab project in August. The house, located at 1516 S. Harrison St., has been completely renovated with all new HVAC and mechanical systems, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and cabinets, roof, doors, and windows as well as is fully insulated. Funded by the City of Little Rock HOME Program and Arvest Bank, the house will be placed on the market in late August for sale to a qualified first-time homebuyer.

UDDC will conduct a first-time homebuyer education workshop at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the Bailey Center on the UALR campus. The initial workshop will be presented by representatives of Bank of the Ozarks and will emphasize participation by UALR employees.

Also, earlier this summer the UDDC completed its participation in the Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) funded through member banks by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. The FHLB member banks filing applications on behalf of the UDDC included Centennial Bank and Bank of the Ozarks. The program provides up to $5,000 per house for minor repairs needed by homeowners who meet income and special needs conditions. The UDDC received $53,000 to replace roofs on 10 houses and install new HVAC systems for two houses.

Study Circles to Support Youth Learning Beyond School Day

The University District Educational Network, a UALR initiative that supports efforts to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children growing up in neighborhoods surrounding the UALR campus, has received a technical assistance grant from the Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN) Community Innovations Project. This project grant will help promote dialogue among community members on how to create the kind of community where all young people have a chance to learn - in and beyond the school day.

The first public meeting to bring interested community members together to learn more about the Study Circles project will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center at 12th and Pine Streets. For more information about participating in the study circles, contact Julie Hall, director of the University District Educational Network, at 501-569-3187 or jchall2@ualr.edu.

Little Rock Emergency Preparedness Fair

4th Annual Little Rock Emergency Preparedness Fair

September 11, 2010

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

13901 Quail Run in Otter Creek

Hosted by: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Contact: Harold Lewis at haroldlewismail@gmail.com

First time homebuyer classes to start at UALR

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) will host a First-Time Home Buyers Information Session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the UALR Bailey Alumni and Friends Center. Parking will be available across the street from the Bailey Center in UALR Lot 13.

The UDDC First-Time Homebuyer Program offers home price reduction, down payment assistance, and closing costs assistance for persons interested in purchasing new or renovated homes within the University District. A first-time homebuyer is an individual (spouse included) who has had no ownership in a principal residence during the three-year period ending on the date of the purchase of a UDDC property. The UDDC property located at 1516 S. Harrison is a substantial rehabilitation and is near completion. The UDDC has plans to complete five additional homes over the next year.

The information session will cover topics related to income requirements, conventional and FHA mortgage financing, prequalification, credit scores, housing costs ratio, debt to income ratio, loan to value ratio and more.

Individuals must meet income guidelines, which are adjusted for household size. To qualify for the UDDC program, buyers must (1) be a first-time homebuyer, (2) have an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income, and (3) purchase a home constructed or renovated by the UDDC within the University District.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to sxedwards@ualr.edu or 501-683-7356. To find out more about the UDDC program guidelines and the process for applying, contact Barrett Allen at blallen@ualr.edu or 501-683-7361.