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Old 09-13-2008, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Am I "off" here or do all brand new communities have HOAs?

How do you find traditional neighborhoods when you're searching online? Certainly they must go up for sale too. The most common site I review is Allen Tate's.

Thanks!

Sara
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Basically, the older communities (houses from the 60's or 70's) are the ones without HOAs. You can see on the listing whether or not a property has an HOA, and, to double check, insist with your realtor that you do NOT want an HOA. Good luck with that. I seriously wish that I had done that when I bought my house. I had no idea what I was getting into when I bought into an HOA community. You will enjoy your home much more without an HOA.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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I second that I wish I had stuck to my guns and bought in a non HOA neigborhood. Heck, I can't even use rock as landscaping material. I even stressed to my realtor I didn't want an HOA and she basically said for what I want and my price point, I had not choice. After settling, I had lots of choices, my realtor just was not working for me. But then again she got her $7500 bonus from the builder and I am stuck in HOA h*ll. Just be sure you have a realtor looking out for you and your best interests and not themselves.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I'm looking in areas where HOAs are in the minority. No way would I buy into one. I've known people over the years who have done battle with them, but the clincher for me was when my father's pushy, gold-digging wife wrangled herself to be in charge of their HOA. She declared that everyone would buy specific candles, bags, & sand & light luminaries in front of their homes on Christmas Eve, & we had to spend Christmas Eve driving around while she took down addresses of the disobedient.

To me, some of the most beautiful houses were built in the 1700s & 1800s. I'd rather buy an older house & restore it than deal with an HOA.
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Amen to the nay-sayers! I quit loooking in subdivisions when I found out the rules on pets and fences. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats (although the cats are "inside" never seeing the outside) and the dogs can jump a 5-ft fence. W/o a privacy fence, they will bark at anything that moves in the neighbor's yard. I have heard, from friends, of horror stories, like the Christmas thing mentioned above and not being able to put up whatever Christmas/Mardi Gras/Easter/Halloween decoration you want to. When I fianlly sell my house, I will look only at non-HOA areas. Besides, I'm too much of a rebel - tell me I can't do something and immediately I want to do it!
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Amen to the nay-sayers! I quit loooking in subdivisions when I found out the rules on pets and fences. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats (although the cats are "inside" never seeing the outside) and the dogs can jump a 5-ft fence. W/o a privacy fence, they will bark at anything that moves in the neighbor's yard. I have heard, from friends, of horror stories, like the Christmas thing mentioned above and not being able to put up whatever Christmas/Mardi Gras/Easter/Halloween decoration you want to. When I fianlly sell my house, I will look only at non-HOA areas. Besides, I'm too much of a rebel - tell me I can't do something and immediately I want to do it!
Amen.... I'm not big on gaudy Christmas displays, but tell me I am not allowed........ What can I say....... National Lampoon's Chistmas movie comes to mind.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Am I "off" here or do all brand new communities have HOAs?

How do you find traditional neighborhoods when you're searching online? Certainly they must go up for sale too. The most common site I review is Allen Tate's.

Thanks!

Sara
Sarah, look at Yahoo Real estate. Do a search & right-click on the houses that you like & open them as new windows. Most of the listings will let you click through to the agency's website. The listings tell you if there's an HOA. Maybe another agency will have something more to your liking
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Sorry, I got carried away! If the OP uses the allen tate website, it shows what subdivision the house is in, if any. Only look at the ones that don't show a subdivision, although some listings in Tega Cay show "Tega Cay" if you are looking on the SC side. If you are just looking to get an idea of what's available, that's the easiest way. Better yet, when you are seriously looking, tell your agent that you refuse too look at any house that has a HOA. Good luck!
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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Local municipalities in the Charlotte area require HOAs so they don't have to police civil matters like people who never cut their grass. They've been used as a way to preserve city/county resources. That's why it's very difficult to find areas without them.
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