Welcome to the Foster's Creek Homeowners Association website. Here you can find information on current issues in our community, Board meeting information, copies of our governing documents, the names of our HOA Board of Directors, contact information and more. We appreciate you taking the time to visit and welcome your feedback.
February 2016 Updates:
We have recently had several residents bring to our attention how dark certain parts of our streets are at night so we'd like to ask that every homeowner ensure that the coach lights mounted on the front of their homes are working and lit during the evening and overnight hours.
As our community was built with no street lights, these coach lights are relied on to help keep our community safe and well-lit for visitors navigating our streets at night, delivery companies making deliveries, etc. They may also help deter crime and vandalism in our neighborhood when they are on and functioning properly.
Some residents may have noticed that their coach lights are on during daytime hours which may indicate the sensor is broken. Homes should have a small gray light sensor just under the eaves of the roof, most likely near the circuit box which will need to be replaced over time. This part is relatively inexpensive and simple to replace. Just check to make sure the light adjustment sleeve on the old sensor is not pushed up too far before replacing as this may be blocking light causing the sensor to react as if it's dark all day.
With milder temperatures coming soon and daylight savings not starting until March 13th, many residents are engaging in outdoor activities in the evenings and making sure your home's coach lights are on can help ensure their safety as well as that of all in our community.
Happy New Year and Thank You!
Greetings, residents and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and that 2016 is off to a great start for each and every one of you.
We want to take a moment to thank you all for the hard work you've been doing on your homes and lots. We have a record number of ARC forms coming in for exterior painting and other improvements and are absolutely thrilled at what we've seen so far. The transformation to our community through these modifications and other efforts to maintain your homes has been amazing and it is not going unnoticed. Long-time residents, those new to the community and those who are frequent visitors have really seen a change in Foster's Creek and it's definitely been for the better.
The main goal of the Board of Directors has always been to make sure Foster's Creek remains a desirable area to live for our residents and for prospective home buyers and tenants. This is achieved when residents abide by our deeds and lots are kept in well-maintained and attractive condition. This goal is also met when common areas are maintained and improvements made on a regular basis to our community entrance, play area, lakes and easements.
We have some exciting plans in the works for the new year and look forward to the continuing progress being made on homes and the neighborhood in general.
Keep up the good work and may the new year bring all the best to you and yours!
Annual assessments for 2016 were due on January 1st and are considered late if not paid by February 1st. You should have received your payment coupon in November but if you didn't or you have misplaced yours please contact Sentry as soon as possible in order to ensure your payment is received on time and late fees and interest charges are avoided.
We would like to encourage all homeowners to obtain their 16-digit account number from Sentry and set up an online profile with Sentry's CommunityPro PORTAL. The portal will allow you to pay assessments online (by credit card for a fee or via e-check with no fee), access Association documents, update contact information and more. You can opt not to have your contact information visible to others on the Homeowner Directory but can change your information with Sentry here at any time.
Our winter newsletter is now available and you can find it here.
How Often Should I Paint My Home?
This is a question we've received on a few occasions recently as more homeowners receive notices that their homes are in need of new paint. We understand the answer may not always be clear-cut so we contacted a representative of Sherwin-Williams who informed us that five to seven years is about the maximum length of time a stucco home's exterior paint can be expected to last in Florida with our extreme climate conditions. This recommendation appears to be in line with most local painters' opinions as well. Two homes recently painted on 50th Avenue East were given a paint guarantee of seven years by the contractor.
We did our own Google search on the subject and found a number of sites with valuable information on how long you can expect paint on a stucco home to last, paint types to choose from and whether or not your home needs primer applied before painting. Here are a few of those helpful links: http://southernpainting.com/ask-the-painter/ask-the-painter-how-should-i-repaint-my-stucco-exterior;http://paintorlandobeautiful.com/2015/02/20/how-often-should-you-repaint-a-stucco-house-in-florida/; http://www.sherwin-williams.com/press/consumer/story/repainting-stucco/; http://www.trimlinepaintinginc.com/5-ways-to-know-that-your-house-needs-painting-2/.
There are some websites out there that will tell you the paint on a stucco home can last ten to twelve years and while this may be true with the latest high-quality exterior paints available now, this is most likely not the case for homes in our region and with our local climate. Also keep in mind that many homes in the community were built fifteen or more years ago and have NEVER been repainted. Additionally, most (if not all) homes were built and painted quickly to get them sold and inhabited in a short period of time so the chance that multiple coats of a high-quality paint was used is very small.
Homes on the water can realistically expect to need repainting more frequently than those that are not. Many of our residents with homes on our community lakes can attest to the fact that pressure washing and painting is needed more often than their neighbor's house across the street. In fact, one home on 49th Place East has already been repainted twice in the past five years.
Darker-colored homes will often show the need for repainting more frequently than those that are lighter. Additionally, darker trim on a home will often streak or fade before the lighter base does. And if you've tried pressure washing your home and still see dark or gray spots through the paint, this is most likely the paint being worn enough that the concrete is showing through. At this point it's time to paint your home.
Please remember that before you paint your home you must select colors from our approved list and you must submit an Architectural Review Form for approval.
We thank you for your attention to this matter.
New and Prospective Foster's Creek Homeowners and Residents
In recent weeks we have received several email inquiries from individuals looking to purchase or rent homes in our community with questions varying from the amount of our annual dues to what our rules are. First of all we would like to extend a warm welcome to any new homeowners and those considering taking up residence in our community. We look forward to having you as neighbors and hope you'll let us know of any concerns or questions you may have.
We are always happy to answer any of your questions and assist you in any way possible so please feel free to email the Board at email@example.com or our community manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of questions about what our deeds permit and restrict can be answered by clicking the Documents section here on our website and referring to our First Amendment to our Declaration of Maintenance and Land Use or to our ARC Guidelines. These outline in the simplest form our community's rules and can help answer questions about making exterior modifications to your home (i.e. fences, exterior paint options, major landscaping, driveway modifications, etc.), what is permitted or prohibited with regard to swimming pools and other play equipment and vehicle parking.
Reviewing and understanding these documents and what our deeds are can help prospective homeowners make a decision about whether or not Foster's Creek is the right community for them and can help new homeowners understand what is required before making any changes to their home's outward appearance.
Once again, the Board welcomes new and prospective residents and look forward to serving you in the best manner possible.
We Want You...
...to join our Foster's Creek Homeowner's Association Facebook group!
Our Facebook page is a great place for residents to share ideas and concerns and receive community updates more quickly from our Board of Directors. Simply click the link at the top of this page and you will be redirected to our group's page where you can request to join. Once an admin receives your request and verifies you are a resident of Foster's Creek (be sure to check your Messages folder once you've submitted your request in the event we need to get your address and owner or renter status) you will be approved to join our group.
At this time our Facebook page is a closed group and can only be viewed by members in order to help protect our residents' privacy.
If you haven't joined already we hope to see you soon!