The Regal Oaks

Dunn Loring, VA

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July 2016 Financial Information/Recommended Action

Posted by MikeF on September 24, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (240)

Here is some unofficial financial information on the current fiscal year since each of us is being asked to vote on the upcoming year's budget and for a new Board member.

For July, our HOA had 24,603.96 in income reported on the Income Statement of the Monthly Financials which are available to all members from the Management Company.  The slight increase over budget is coming from late payment fees and interest on our reserves.  There don't appear to be any problems except exc...

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Leash Law

Posted by MikeF on June 29, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

For the newer residents here, Fairfax County has a Leash Law the specifically prohibits unrestricted dogs. That means every dog has to stay on a leash for the safety of the dog, as well as the neighbors.

There are no exceptions for voice command control.

It is also wise to ask an owner with a dog on a leash before trying  to pet  dog.

If you see a dog without a leash, the county encourages you to document it by date,  time, location and try to take a photograp...

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Solar Energy is Here at Regal Oaks

Posted by MikeF on June 25, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that solar energy is even more effective and environmentally desirable now?

Did you know the Federal 30% Tax Credit has been renewed?

Did you know that Virginia law now prohibits HOAs from blocking solar power installations?

Did you know that solar investments increase the value of your home?

Did you know we already have two townhouses here that have one or more forms of solar energy installed?

Did you know that  a good time to install such syst...

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Did you know?

Posted by MikeF on June 23, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Did you know what watershed we are in?  Where does all that rain and snow go and how does it end up in the Atlantic Ocean?

We are located in the 42 square mile Cameron Run Watershed which feeds into the Potomac River then the  Chesapeake Bay on its way to the Atlantic.

This is a highly urbanized watershed with over 40% of the surface rated as impervious.  In the 1960's, there was much flooding so the County has a plan in place dated Aug 6, 2007 and has been investin...

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Landscaping Concerns

Posted by MikeF on June 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (3)

Do you have any concerns about our landscaping?  I do.  Either the requirements in the contract need to be clarified for the contractor and/or there needs to be greater oversight of the contractor on our behalf by the Management Company and the Board.

!.  Why does nothing seem to happen the first three months of the year  while the contractor gets paid each month?   As a minimum, they c ould pick up storm damage limbs.

2. Why are the mulch beds so small? &...

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Availability of Board minutes- Oversight and Transparency

Posted by MikeF on June 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Each of us now pays $1,640 per year in assessments here at the Regal Oaks. What do you get for your money?  How do you know what the Board is doing and whether or not they are doing i t well?

How do you know what the management company,  Capitol Property Management, and their project manager Rose, is doing on our behalf?

One way is from the minutes of the Board meeting.  Many of you are not able to attend the meetings so having  access to Board decisions is cr...

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Shutters

Posted by MikeF on June 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (79)

I have noticed that we have major differences in the way our shutters are attached. Some have 4, 5 or 6 bolts and at different distances from the edge.

Some of you may be replacing or repairing shutters so I am sharing what I have learned from contractors.  They say that shutters vibrate loose when the wind gets behind the shutters top or bottom and then they start to work loose.  The solution is to use 6 bolts and to install the top and bottom  two bolts closer to the to...

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Please share the road!

Posted by MikeF on June 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Please watch out for each other and slow down!  We have a speeding problem especially coming off  Oak and  Railroad and on the longer Journet straightaways.

Thanks,


Your Neighbor 


Michael Fraser

April 2016 Financials - Unofficial

Posted by MikeF on June 17, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Once again I have searched for any financial reporting and have not found any so am providing this unofficial report for your information. 

The latest available financial report covers the period of Jan 1,2016 through April 30th, 2016.  The May financials should be available in the last week of June.

General

The bottom line is that the financials are in decent shape.  Almost everyone pays their assessments on time, in  advance, or after a gentle reminder....

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March Financials Review - Unofficial

Posted by MikeF on April 27, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Good morning on this rainy Spring day! We can hope it will reduce the pollen count a little and we can all breathe better and see out our windshields when we drive.

 

I have looked for the minutes or official Treasurer's report on the financials and was not able to see anything on this site since July 2015 either as final or draft. So, I'm offering this unofficial summary of the community financials for the period January 1, 2016 through March 31st. This information is one ...

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