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Old 06-24-2009, 05:55 AM
 
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I am very excited about moving to a house in Newark, De, from my townhouse in NJ. It is exciting to finally have a house, but I am not happy with all these deed restrictions. All the neighborhoods we looked at had them, some more strict than others. I understand that it is for my protection, but it is not only protecting, but restricting me. If I want to put a trampoline, high fence, above ground pool, etc, in my yard I should be able to. Is most of De like this?
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Most of the developments in NCC, especially the ones that have been built in the last 15 years, have strict deed restrictions. There is good and bad with that. You won't have old cars and high grass next door to you. If you want to put anything in your yard, such as a pool, hot tub, or a certain type of fence, that is approved by the association of your development. There will be a committee that will either approve once they have the plans or not approve. Some things, such as a storage shed, actually is approved by the county. I know that because we had to submit plans for our shed at Reads Way in New Castle. That might be the same with a pool. There are non-development homes that you might want to look at. If you have already purchased, then your attorney went over the deed restrictions for your deveopment with you.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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Generally, deed restrictions cannot be modified by any other agency (including NCC govt.) unless they are against the law. They are designed to maintain certain minimum and uniform standards for all the residents of the community. You, probably, (I am guessing!!) did not use a real estate agent of your own (buyer's agent) but bought the house directly from the builder's rep.(may be a realtor, with her fiduciary duties to the builder) so such details would have been your responsibility to read and understand prior to signing on the dotted line.

Read your deed restrictions and see if they indicate a remedy or how to amend the restrictions ... good luck to you.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Kent County, DE
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Armx, are deed restrictions the same as HO rules and regs? It is my understanding that rules can be voted on and changed by board members of that association.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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We knew about the restrictions before buying the house, but it still annoyed us. We did not really have a choice though, cause all the developments were the same. It is a new development. We needed to live in a certain area, cause of my husbands commute and that is how this area was. I just feel like if I am paying taxes I should be able to do what I want to my property. Honestly though this is the only drawback to us moving to Delaware though, besides there not being much to do. I mean Delaware is beautiful, the schools are great, and it is cheap.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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We are always glad to hear that you love it here!! Now if we can collectively do something about "not much to do" - may be you can float some ideas as to what those things could be!!
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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We are always glad to hear that you love it here!! Now if we can collectively do something about "not much to do" - may be you can float some ideas as to what those things could be!!
Beaches, Casinos, State Parks, Dozens of Museums, Galleries, Shopping, Wildlife Preserves, Blue Rocks Baseball, Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Dover AFB, Theaters, Restauarants, Sporting Events at U of D and DSU, Brandywine Zoo, The Dogfish Brewery and Nassau Winery Tours, The Cape May Ferry. I sure wish I was there with all that "not much to do".

(I know ... off-topic, right? )

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Old 06-24-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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You have no idea how out of this world and out of control are these Deed restrictions here in Florida.........where we live if you don't bring your garbage can in the house immediately after they picked it up they'll take a picture and send it to you with a warning! with complete disregard that you may be at work when they come!!!!!!!!!! same for trees, if they have new branches growing 2 inches you get another picture!!!!!!! the fence can't be more than 4 feet wrought iron and if you want one of those backyard play structures they can't be seen by the neighbors it says! how stupid is that since they are all like over 10 feet tall!!!!!!! and you're only allowed to have a fence 4 feet tall and wrought iron that you can see through! and the list of crazy keep on going! If i show you the by-laws from our Orlando property where we used to live you'll be stunt! it's like you're not really owning a house! they own it for you and you slave all day to make your you don't get photographed and then fined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The HOA rules can only be changed after the development is finished and the homeowners actually get to manage it. However if you have a CCD like we have here, I think it stands for "Continuing community development" or something like that...........that could be for 10 to 20 years, there isn't anything you can do about it until it expires. Sometimes I am not sure if the people who write these by-laws and deeds are aware of how ridiculous they are! It is one thing not to paint your house orange and just keep a nice lawn and a whole other to tell me what I can have or not have in my own darn back yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I call this abuse of power actually, because these people who write these by-laws are not taking in consideration that we are the ones paying the property taxes (not them) and therefore have a say in what were doing with our properties! I am sure no one in their right mind will want to make their property stand out in a horrendous way "just because"!

Alex
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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I guess when I said "there is not much to do" I should say there is not much to do compared to where I am from and for what I am looking for. I wish there were some indoor playgrounds for kids, Bounce places, amusement parks (closer than Rehobeth), etc for kids. The closest Chuckee Cheese is 40 min away. I am excited to move to De. in Aug but it will be a change. I am sure like anything you get used to it though.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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Key to all this discussion about Deed "Restrictions" (that's what they are) is that if Buyers decline to buy or express their displeasure because their disagreement with said deed restrictions the builders will get the clue to change them. Unfortunately, they (the builders) are counting on Buyers to be enamoured by the free-bees thrown at them that the concern or reservations about the deed restrictions are an aftrer-thought, like many things in life....hindsight is 20/20
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