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Old 12-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #29
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I decided a long time ago that one of the worst mistakes someone can make is to buy a piece of property governed by a HOA. It stands for "Horrible Owners Anonymous". They seem to be able to twist the covenants and regulations on the fly to ban anything that any of the HOA board members don't like. Of course, if you are one of those busybodies who is always more concerned with what others do than what you do yourself, it is perfect.

I have more than trucks and trailers to worry about. I have a amateur radio license. If I wish to pursue that hobby to its fullest, I have to read every single letter of city and county regulations, plus any covenants in effect for the property. The FCC has passed regulations that restrict how much local governments can restrict amateur radio antennas, but it doesn't apply to HOAs. I guess they figure if you move there, you get what's coming to you.

In any case, I Believe that before buying any piece of property for any purpose, a person should take whatever time and effort it requires to determine any and all restrictions that are placed on its use. Also think of anything you might possibly want to do in the future.

That concludes this day's sermon.

Please stay tuned to see what inspires* me next.

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*In this use, "inspires" is synonymous with "gets me PO'ed"
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #30
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I've heard all the horror stories too, but a reasonable HOA can be a real property value protector. My take is that there must be a value; I'd rather not have sofas and burnt out vehicles in the yard like almost anywhere without the rules.

Our dues go toward nice clean common areas/pool/walking paths and several parties every year. We do have restrictive fence rules but are exempt from leash laws within reason. We are also allowed RVs on hard surfaces behind the front of the house but I only park here to load or do a little maintenance.

I almost choked recently when I heard a FL HOA was attempting to ban kids from playing in the streets. There would be unrest in these parts if that happened...
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #31
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I've heard all the horror stories too, but a reasonable HOA can be a real property value protector. My take is that there must be a value; I'd rather not have sofas and burnt out vehicles in the yard like almost anywhere without the rules.

Our dues go toward nice clean common areas/pool/walking paths and several parties every year. We do have restrictive fence rules but are exempt from leash laws within reason. We are also allowed RVs on hard surfaces behind the front of the house but I only park here to load or do a little maintenance.

I almost choked recently when I heard a FL HOA was attempting to ban kids from playing in the streets. There would be unrest in these parts if that happened...
I see "exempt from leash laws" as a negative, not a positive. And I am thankfully quite free of both HOAs and sofas or burnt-out vehicles in the yard (or anywhere else visible) in my neighborhood. There's a lot of distance between Stepford and Mad Max.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #32
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I've heard all the horror stories too, but a reasonable HOA can be a real property value protector. My take is that there must be a value; I'd rather not have sofas and burnt out vehicles in the yard like almost anywhere without the rules.

Our dues go toward nice clean common areas/pool/walking paths and several parties every year. We do have restrictive fence rules but are exempt from leash laws within reason. We are also allowed RVs on hard surfaces behind the front of the house but I only park here to load or do a little maintenance.

I almost choked recently when I heard a FL HOA was attempting to ban kids from playing in the streets. There would be unrest in these parts if that happened...
The stories I found the most silly are those few cases I've read about where HOAs were making residents remove flagpoles from their yards.

I do not dispute that HOAs provide a legitimate service for some. However that fact that it could change so easily if the wrong people are allowed to have power, cause me to choose to avoid the risk. I live within city limits and have found that the city regulations and enforcement satisfy my desires. However, a half mile from me is an area with a HOA that a friend lives in. He gets written warnings if he leaves his nice looking late model pickup truck in his driveway overnight.

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Written warnings make excellent kindling for the fireplace.
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The gal who takes the HOA complaints in my neighborhood also has a travel trailer. I call her ahead of of time and she's very understanding when I ask for a week to prep or clean. In the rest of the county Smith and Wesson run the HOA.

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #35
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Written warnings make excellent kindling for the fireplace.

There's an interesting approach I hadn't thought off. Go ahead and move into a place with a bunch of restrictions and then just ignore them.

Let me know how it works.

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