We’ve breezed past 4 HOA management companies in the last 6 years. The one we currently employ is by far the best one. I don’t remember how much we paid the first 2, but we pay $110/unit/yr for the one we have now. The one before that was much more expensive like $250/unit/yr and they were not even that great. They are a big company and handle many HOA’s so we were probably not that high on their priority list since we don’t have a lot of units. The one we employ right now is much better at communicating with us and responding to our concerns. They are a much smaller company so they don’t have the same amount of clients as our previous one. So if you want a company that gets back to you immediately and makes you a priority, I suggest going with the little guy.
$5,000 a year seems normal to me. Fees have been increasing everywhere in Florida. We pay $450 monthly. But if it’s the special assessments you’re having a problem with, HOAs are supposed to present the financials to homeowners. This is so you can see where the money (including special assessments) is going.