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Posted by2 months ago

HOA or to not HOA

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· 2 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

while there are plenty of bad HOAs and HOA boards out there, on the whole, I've always had a good experience on balance with HOAs.

First, many offer amenities that are nice -- mine has a pool, fitness center, community room, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, etc.

But that aside, an HOA is good at keeping quiet enjoyment and a community standard. This is important! While I hate getting a letter to pressure wash my roof, I appreciate that every house down the street is clean and nice looking. I appreciate that exterior changes are managed and workers in the community are all licensed and insured and work is permitted. I like that if a neighbor blasts music at 1 am when my 5 month old is sleeping, I have recourse.

The majority of the "F HOA" crowd are the neighborhood problem people. In my HOA communities, the HOA has always left people alone who follow rules and are friendly. The HOA has always granted me extensions to fix things when I've needed it. Sure the letters can be insulting or threatening or whatever, but they are doing their job -- with some good faith, they often are pretty reasonable and flexible. I try to assume good intentions -- most board members want to do the right thing. None of them are paid for their hours of service.

In short, I think the HOA does more good than bad, in my experience.

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· 2 mo. ago

If you have the option absolutely tell those predatory controlling bastards to fuck off. There are very few I’ve dealt with that weren’t basically groups of grumpy retirees who want everything to fit their personal visions of ideal

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level 1
· 2 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

Would depend on what amenities were offered. If the only reason there were dues was to maintain the landscaping in an entrance way, then I'd just as well have no HOA. However, if there were things like pools, parks, ponds, etc, then I'd rather be in the HOA so that I could have use of them.

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· 2 mo. ago

In a perfect world, the municipal government would have reasonable laws to maintain properties and, if there were a demand for a pool and other amenities, public and private pools, etc. would exist for a fee.

In short, I think HOAs can do more harm than good. I'm happy with my board now but who knows what it will be in a year or two. All it takes is one lawsuit to bankrupt us.

So, all else being equal, I would buy in a neighborhood with no HOA.

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level 1

I was a board member of an HO that was well run and left people alone. I still say run because of drama. My HOA tried to play the parent role when I did nothing wrong and a neighbor felt slighted. Also, I was the rational voice when people were crying about bad neighbors that didn’t violate bylaws. HOA’s aren’t worth the drama.

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level 1

Think of all the people who complain about their HOA and then times that by a million of people who just quietly enjoy their community and have no problems because they understand to live in a civilized neighborhood we all must agree to rules upon the purchase of a home in a HOA

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level 1
· 2 mo. ago
🏘 HOA Board Member

No, but it's never really that simple.

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level 1

You have it backwards. The property is part of the HOA. If you own the property, you are a homeowner in the HOA. If you don't want to join, don't buy the property.

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