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Old 07-06-2010, 12:09 AM
 
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I've been looking at a lot of houses online and I notice that many have association fees. Are these monthly fees? Some of them are steep!
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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I think it depends on the community. Some communities list their fees as monthly, and others list them an annually. Before you buy just double check to see. In my personal opinion if no one is cutting your grass, if you have no pool, community center, etc..then HOA fees are a waste.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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Our HOA fees are $50, quarterly. As with any HOA, be sure to read it frontwards and backwards to make sure its the right neighborhood for you.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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What communities are you looking at? IF they are condo communities most likely you will have HoA fees, some housing communities as well.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:43 PM
 
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Usually HOA fee's are paid annually and are common in the subburbs. Condo fee's are paid monthly. The listings should tell you how often the fee's are paid.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Columbus
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When I was looking for a house earlier this year I made sure my realtor found one that had no association fees and no commitee that could tell me I couldn't do something on my own property. Seriously how can someone tell me I can't build a pool in my backyard when I own the damn property?

The Forest Park area has no association fees or commitees. So I bought a house there.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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When I was looking for a house earlier this year I made sure my realtor found one that had no association fees and no commitee that could tell me I couldn't do something on my own property. Seriously how can someone tell me I can't build a pool in my backyard when I own the damn property?
Bodycount, I agree 1000%

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Old 07-12-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Grove City/Columbus
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I agree with you Bodycount, but techinally, you are really just renting the land for the city and state. We really never own anything. sad.

I live in a community of houses and our fee is $80 a year. it pays for the landscaping and mowing to the 2 entrances and couple other things.
I don't really care much about the association. I've never done anything that puts me or them on our bad side. in our community, if you change your mailbox, built a deck, stuff like that, you are suppose to submit a app to the design and review board. they can't tell you no on some stuff but they can tell you if the deck it to big for your yard or the area. (to expensive) or you can't paint with a certain color or that you can't put up the fish mailbox, that it has to be in line with the others. or if you want to put up a fence. your'll allowed, just have to have them sign off on it.
we put up a shed a couple years ago. our deed says it can only be 10x10. (our area was org. zoned for condos, but they decided to build houses instead, but never changed the deed) but city code sayd it can be 12x16 or 14x16, can't remember. we had to submit a form saying we were building a shed and it was going to be this size, per city restrictions. they just sent us a letter stating, no problem.
but where they do come in play is when people leave crap out in their yards or don't mow or don't bring in their trashcan in a timely manner. they can get a warning the first time then can get fined if they continue to break the "laws". also, who wants to live next to the pink house? I mean, really who's gonna paint their house pink? (sadly I've seen pick and purple houses.)
but I know I wouldn't want to.
also when we bought about 6 years ago. the realtor told us that any new development withing the city of Columbus limits were all going to have a assoc. now I'm not sure if that's still true, but I know any community near me that disbanded their assoc. looks like crap and run down. so there's good and bad. let me know if you have any other questions.
sorry it's so long.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Columbus
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you don't need an association to get people to bring in their trash can or to mow their lawn. dublin is making a law where you have to hide your trashcan and if you don't mow the lawn anywhere in the city, you can call some number to have the city do it and charge the people who own the house.

sorry I will not live in a house that other people can tell me what I can and can not do.

and if all places in the city are going towards associations, I bet there's going to be a new issue to vote on to disband them all lol.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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Personally I love HOAs. I've lived in too many places where too many clowns brought down the whole neighborhood with poor choices of doing whatever they want on their property. Bad paint choices, shoddy additions, rusted out vehicles, above ground pools, tacky mailboxes, rabid dogs and ugly dog runs/kennels, obnoxious fences, poor landscaping maintenance - I've even seen people use old toilets as garden planters in their front yard or having chicken coops in city limits. The list can go on and on and on.

Its pretty simple, really. If you don't want an HOA, don't move someplace that has one. Otherwise, read the HOA before you buy and make sure its an HOA that works for you. HOAs aren't set up to boss people around - they are set up to uphold a common set of guidelines as established by the majority of a neighborhood. If you agree with those guidelines an HOA is a wonderful thing. If you don't you really shouldn't be moving to that neighborhood to begin with.
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