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Old 05-02-2015, 09:33 AM
Status: "waite untill next year. It was fun while it lasted !" (set 17 days ago)
 
Location: Beautiful Northwest Houston
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Yeah, I was wondering if HOAs take the place of zoning, so the city pushes the cost of zoning off on the individual citizen, on top of the already high property taxes.

As for pools and such, I wouldn't buy a house in a "community" with a clubhouse, gym, pool, or tennis courts, because those things are expensive to maintain, and get progressively expensive. In addition to the regular HOA fees, there would be special assessments (like in the game Monopoly...pass GO and oops, you get a card that says "The clubhouse needs a new roof....pay the HOA $800").

Not for me, thank you. If I have to pay a maintenance fee, I would. But I'm not going to pay for a pool or tennis courts or such. I'll join a rec center or gym if I want those things.
I'm not a big fan of HOA's either but as long as the assessment remains low, which they have in my case, I will tolerate it. All in all its better than having to rely on the city to keep things tidy.

It sounds like you need to find a small town that acts as its own HOA, probably to the east of Houston. I think towns like Mont Belvieu , Anahuac, and towns in Liberty County, like Liberty and Crosby, is where you need to be looking.

You may also want to keep in mind there is a difference between a HOA and a civic organization. Some neighborhoods will have civic organizations that only ask for voluntary contributions and don't have the mandatory assessments or the maintenance responsibilities that HOA's do.... Good luck..
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:15 PM
 
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I'm not a big fan of HOA's either but as long as the assessment remains low, which they have in my case, I will tolerate it. All in all its better than having to rely on the city to keep things tidy.

It sounds like you need to find a small town that acts as its own HOA, probably to the east of Houston. I think towns like Mont Belvieu , Anahuac, and towns in Liberty County, like Liberty and Crosby, is where you need to be looking.

You may also want to keep in mind there is a difference between a HOA and a civic organization. Some neighborhoods will have civic organizations that only ask for voluntary contributions and don't have the mandatory assessments or the maintenance responsibilities that HOA's do.... Good luck..
I will do that. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Both are pits of HELL.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Both are pits of HELL.
Said the guy from Atlanta...
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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Both cities are bigger and have higher GDP'S than Atlanta.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Both cities are bigger and have higher GDP'S than Atlanta.
So f'ing what???
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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So f'ing what???
Atlanta is a cesspool

go die there
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Atlanta is a cesspool

go die there
That was a bit harsh. But Atlanta ain't no better.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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Atlanta is a cesspool

go die there
Did you join city-data just to make that comment? Great first post...I suspect you'll be a valued member of this site.
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Old 05-03-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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They are both booming cities with a lot to offer. I like Dallas a bit better for some reason, but Houston has its merits too.
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