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2020 Spring Newsletter


Spring is in the air! Things are really starting to turn beautiful shades of green with wonderful blooms flowering with each passing day. Lots of outdoor activity and neighbors roaming the streets with our new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” normal. I’ve never longed for warmer temps and a chance to be outside more.

With the current COVID-19 issue that we are presented with, if you or if you know of any neighbors that need help with anything during this unprecedented event, let us know via the website or the NextDoor app. We can network any problem to find a solution.

I want to thank those of you that attended the annual meeting in January. A big thank you to Brenda VandenBos for running the meeting in my absence. The association is still financially healthy and we have made some adjustments to the budget to maintain that security.

If you are interested in being involved, we have a current opening on the board for architectural chairperson. I urge anyone who is interested in any position or committee, at any capacity, to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

Home Improvements: As always, these warmer temperatures garner home improvement motivation among a lot of us. Please remember to follow the bylaws and restrictions as it pertains to the approval process. Some improvement items requiring approval include; major landscaping, tree removal, new roof, new paint, siding, windows, decks, etc. We make the process fairly quick and easy. To get started, visit the website and contact us with your inquiries. We always encourage improvements to SaddleBrooke’s image as we age.

Real Estate Trends: 1. 58% of homebuyers rate quality of neighborhood as the key factor when buying a home (NAR) 2. A home with efforts placed into landscaping and curb appeal can increase sales value by 3%-5% (Michigan State Study) 3. Return on investment from landscaping varies by project but can yield roughly 200% return (NAR)

The courtesy postcard system: Was implemented to inform a property owner there are items that require some attention, or may be in violation of the by-laws or restrictions. If you happen to receive one, contact us to discuss specifics. We are very accommodating in helping all our residents come into compliance through open communication.

Finally, we have a few events to mark on your calendars. Some will likely be influenced by the current health crisis. Please note; we will be following the guidelines of the city, county and state health officials as to the appropriate action of whether to modify any of the dates listed. We encourage all ideas of social gatherings that we may be able to hold in the future. So, let’s hear from you!

In the meantime, have a great spring and summer!

Shawn Johnson

Saddlebrooke HOA President

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