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Old 02-21-2009, 07:24 AM
 
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I'm seeing many of these HOA's and covenants, (which I wish someone would explain to me what a covenant is in relation to where you live) and I'm wondering if hanging clothes out to dry is against the law in some subdivisions. (In and around Austin)
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Probably not against the law, but probably against the rules in some (if not most). I don't think that is actually listed in ours, though....
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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There are many many homes in Austin which are not in HOAs! You only have to worry about covenants (CC&Rs) if you live in a community that has an HOA, then just read them!

Many standard CC&Rs restrict hanging laundry where it is visible from the street but that doesn't mean that you can't hang it in your backyard or more somewhere hidden from view.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Yes, I certainly would hang clothes in the back yard. Not using the dryer saves tons of money in an area that has unregulated electric rates that are sky high. And honestly, I'm kinda sick of all these HOA's. They choke you to death and make you pay for it. We gotta have some breathing room. I like to do yard work but my kind of yard work is I oftentimes leave parts of the yard to go to whatever grows in that area. I like the natural landscape. Don't hate me central...I'm just having a hard time with being constricted. I understand people think Austin has a lower cost of living but from my perspective I don't agree. I'm sorry but my opinion still is the homes are overpriced, the HOA's have gone too far, and taxes are through the roof. Yes, you don't have state tax but what you don't have in state tax you make up for it in other taxes. I'm not trying to slam anyone and maybe I'm all wrong but it's my perspective today.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Not all neighborhoods are HOA subdivisions. Almost all the new homes are though so stick to the older neighborhoods or buy some land out in the country.
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Exactly. There are plenty of homes here (Austin did exist before the advent of the HOA, after all ). Some of our more desirable, older areas don't have HOA's (or HOA fees).

There is a problem with most of the new subdivisions having HOA's, but from what I'm hearing as an agent, some bright developer could make a bundle with neighborhoods that DON'T have HOA's, because the pendulum is swinging and I'm getting as many or more people saying "don't show me any house in an HOA neighborhood" as I am saying "I want to live in a neighborhood with an HOA", but they want newer construction. Of course, that can be gotten around in some of the older, popular neighborhoods where the houses have been updated inside to within an inch of their lives with all the bells and whistles, but still have an exterior that fits into the neighborhood, or where new construction in-fill has maintained the feel of the neighborhood in a brand new house - the very best way to do it, in my opinion. These don't have HOA's, but they also tend to be pricey because, well, folks that want new but don't want an HOA snap them up.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Hey, don't worry. One reason I live central is to avoid the HOAs! I have a small lot but lots of natural landscaping.

And if you want to see overpriced homes, even after the housing crash, try looking at Irvine, CA!!
Irvine Housing Blog - Irvine Real Estate

Property taxes are high, no way around it. Maybe you should rent for a while, there are some great homes to rent right now, in nearly every neighborhood.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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HOA are really annoying, and just the total opposite of what I believe in. We have enough of a 'sheeple' mentality with our big government- national, state, local. I don't need another nanny state group telling me what I can and can't do with myself and my property.
Whew. That felt good.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Hanging out clothes to dry is really a great way to dry clothes. They also smell better, unless some bird decides to "do his business" on your fine linens.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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We live in an HOA neighborhood and we hang our clothes out to dry. So does my neighbor across the street. What she did is run a line along her fence (just out of view). Whenever we move again, my husband says no HOA next time.
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