Survey on NextDoor

Happy Groundhog Day.

A survey was created on the Bent Tree NextDoor page a couple of days ago. The survey introduction says “A sample question of why you moved to Bent Tree. Completely anonymous with one selection. The results cannot be altered by the author. Surveys are the key to determine our future direction. Thanks in advance. More survey questions to follow. Survey question to guide Bent Tree future direction”.

Here are some thoughts:

  • Bent Tree Community, Inc. is not affiliated with the Bent Tree NextDoor group.
  • Only a small subset of Bent Tree property owners are members of the NextDoor group.
  • Multiple persons owning a piece of property can participate in the survey (it is not limited to one response per property).
  • There are members of the BT NextDoor group who no longer own property in Bent Tree, but they can participate in the survey.
  • Some members of the group live in Bent Tree but do not own property in Bent Tree (i.e. renters). Those renters can participate in the survey.
  • Some members of the group live outside of Bent Tree but NextDoor puts them in the Bent Tree “neighborhood”.  Even though they don’t own property in BT, they can participate in the survey.
  • Was the survey purposely aimed only at people who “moved to Bent Tree”?  What about those who own unimproved lots, or those who own houses in Bent Tree but never actually “moved” there?

The survey gives only six options for “why you moved to Bent Tree” and participants can only choose one.  The choices are:

  1. Tennis and pickle ball
  2. The mountain lifestyle and our wildlife
  3. Our Lake and beach
  4. Golf course
  5. Gated security
  6. House prices

There are other amenities in Bent Tree, such as the Stables and the swimming pools. I know someone who bought in Bent Tree primarily for the stables, but that isn’t even an option on the survey. Some people bought property in Bent Tree for investment purposes (flipping property, rental property, etc.).

The author of the survey most likely has only good intentions. But, there is no way the results of the NextDoor survey could guide Bent Tree’s future direction. As one person so aptly stated, “The survey has absolutely no validity.”