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March 21, 2019 - Karl Yeh

You just moved into your new home and a new community. How do get to know your neighbours and the people living in your community? In this episode, we discuss some ways to get to know and get along with your neighbours. We also explore the role of the homeowners association in bringing people in a community together.


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Hi everyone, Karl here and welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts. And remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below, hit the little notification bell [00:00:30] so you don't miss anything.

So today I'm joined by Heather Cockerline, Community Experience Lead with Brookfield Residential. And today we're talking about something that I think a lot of people kinda want to know because, specially when they're moving into let's say a brand new community, right? So

How do you go about getting to know your neighbors?

Heather Cockerline:             

It's a really good question, Karl.

So one of the things that we've noticed, we've actually done some studies recently on this in some of our communities, is that 22 [00:01:00] percent of residents in one of our newer communities found that their neighbors were just acquaintances, but they wanted to get to know them better.

So that's where we really find that the Homeowner's Associations play a really big part because we can do events, we can encourage people to gather in the spaces that we create.

Karl Yeh:             

And so how do I, besides that, like when ... The events aren't [00:01:30] every day, right?

Heather Cockerline:               No.

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Karl Yeh:              So

How do I go about finding my new neighbors?

How would I go about doing that?

Heather Cockerline:             

Well, one of the things that a lot of communities have are Facebook pages.

So they're connecting that way, but I think it's just about being out and being active in your community.

That's probably the key.

That accomplishes a few things. It keeps you healthy and active, but then you're outside, you know what's happening with your neighbors, you can find friends for your [00:02:00] kids to play with and then just find things in common that you can talk to your neighbor about.

Karl Yeh:              This is a little bit of a different question, but

How do you get along with your neighbors?

Heather Cockerline:             

I think we need another session on that. I think it's about being just neighborly.

Karl Yeh:              Okay.

Heather Cockerline:            

People have kind of gotten away from that [00:02:30].

People tend to just go on their house, close the door, they don't want to have anything to do with their neighbors,  but the more we know our neighbors, the more we understand them.

we have a lot of people in our communities now were we might not share the same ethnicity as well, and so getting to know what makes people ... What makes them tick, you know?

Karl Yeh:              Yeah, yeah.

Heather Cockerline:             

Just being friendly and being neighborly is probably the key.

What role does a Homeowners Association play to bring people in a community together?

Karl Yeh:             

Drawing from your experience from all the different communities that you've been involved with, how does let's say, the Homeowner's Association really [00:03:00] try to get people together, besides just the facilities and the programs?

Is there anything else that goes above and beyond to try to make sure that the people living in the community develop that sense of community rather than, "I'm gonna go in, go to work, go to my house, say hi a couple time and that's kinda it."

Heather Cockerline:           

So it's not just about, to your point, just waving to your neighbor, but how do you get to know your neighbor?

So through the programs that we offer at our HOA facilities, that's really important, [00:03:30] and there's something for everybody at every stage of life.

So whether that's cards for seniors on a Tuesday afternoon, or whether it's a mom and tod club, or whether it's three on three hockey at the rink. There literally is something for everybody so that you can start making those connections to your neighbors.

Karl Yeh:             

Do you have anything else to add in terms of getting to know your neighbors, or getting to know the people in your community?

Heather Cockerline:         

I guess my comment would be just about respect.

Getting [00:04:00] to know each other, getting to understand what community means to you and to your neighbor. It's different for everybody.

Living in livable communities is very different for everybody, so maybe that's safety for somebody, or maybe that's sense of belonging. Whatever that it, just try and help everybody feel welcomed in the community that you live in.

Karl Yeh:             

And the question of the day I have for you is:

Did you have any trouble getting to know your neighbors? What tactics did you use to get to know them better?

Let us know in the comments section below, and remember, if you enjoyed this video or found it helpful, hit the thumbs up button, remember to comment, and remember to subscribe. Thank you, and we'll catch you next time.Community Association


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About Heather Cockerline:

Heather Cockerline is the Communities Experience Lead at Brookfield Residential.  Heading up a new role in the land development industry, Heather is proud to be working with residents to co-create communities that impact their sense of belonging and overall quality of life.

With over 10 years in the development and home building industry, Heather is using her extensive knowledge of the journey of home building to guide and influence the industry to a more wholistic planning approach that is collaborative, proactive and evidence based; creating a new standard of excellence for North American developers to reimagine and deliver complete communities. 

Heather is a true ‘people person’ with a passion for customer experience.  Seeing happy, healthy, thriving people living their best life possible is what drives her to challenge the status quo, working at all sectors and levels, including the municipal government level, to ensure every resident feels a sense of belonging. 

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