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View Poll Results: Would You Prefer to Live in an HOA
YES 35 26.12%
NO 99 73.88%
Voters: 134. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-17-2019, 03:59 PM
 
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Except the riff-raff won’t cut their grass or remove their weeds.
I'm curious who that "riff-raff" is?
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Except the riff-raff won’t cut their grass or remove their weeds.

Hmmm...
I, of course, know nothing about Columbus, Ohio, but here in Montana, if the "riff-raff" (whoever/whatever that is) does not participate in the abatement of noxious weeds, the county or state will gladly do it for them, then add the cost to their real estate tax bill. If the landowner does not pay it, the property will eventually be auctioned off on the courthouse steps.
The same thing applies to junk vehicles, unless, of course, the "junk" vehicle has current registration and license plates or if the vehicle is a 1927 Model T truck (or steel-wheeled tractor) displayed as "yard art".
Either way, an HOA is simply not required, and to many people (including myself) is not desired
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:44 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm curious who that "riff-raff" is?
People who weren't raised to know any better and/or not buying into the conventions now.


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Either way, an HOA is simply not required, and to many people (including myself) is not desired
I'm with ya there.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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No, because that would mean I'd be living in a newer master development community. I prefer my 1920's neighborhood.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Hmmm...
I, of course, know nothing about Columbus, Ohio, but here in Montana, if the "riff-raff" (whoever/whatever that is) does not participate in the abatement of noxious weeds, the county or state will gladly do it for them, then add the cost to their real estate tax bill. If the landowner does not pay it, the property will eventually be auctioned off on the courthouse steps.
The same thing applies to junk vehicles, unless, of course, the "junk" vehicle has current registration and license plates or if the vehicle is a 1927 Model T truck (or steel-wheeled tractor) displayed as "yard art".
Either way, an HOA is simply not required, and to many people (including myself) is not desired
Didn't happen one.single.time in my Montana HOA neighborhood. Of course we were in a new subdivision with no sidewalks or proper sewers (stuck with ditches) and there was no standard as to how to landscape the ditch. We were one of a handful in the entire development who sodded out to the street. The rest were a mix of rock full of weeds or simply bare earth full of weeds.

Still no streetview in the subdivision but here's from the main rd.

https://www.google.com/maps/@46.7255...7i13312!8i6656

I was so happy to leave. The HOA was worthless. People treated their yards like crap anyway.
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Old 09-23-2019, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Didn't happen one.single.time in my Montana HOA neighborhood. Of course we were in a new subdivision with no sidewalks or proper sewers (stuck with ditches) and there was no standard as to how to landscape the ditch. We were one of a handful in the entire development who sodded out to the street. The rest were a mix of rock full of weeds or simply bare earth full of weeds.

Still no streetview in the subdivision but here's from the main rd.

https://www.google.com/maps/@46.7255...7i13312!8i6656

I was so happy to leave. The HOA was worthless. People treated their yards like crap anyway.

Well, first, define "weeds".
If it was sage and bunch grass, those are not "noxious weeds". Remember, I did put "noxious" in my post.
Weed control, like code enforcement, is complaint driven. No complaint, no action. If there were thistles, field bind weed, leafy spurge, and other noxious weeds, and somebody cared enough to notify the County, something would have been done. I bet nobody cared enough!
No proper sewers? I really think every house had its own septic system, as required by the County Sanitation Department. Storm runoff would be by roadside ditches, to be sure. Pretty common, actually.

"...so happy to leave." So, it appears that rather than try to improve things, you just ran away. Too bad. From the picture you linked, it looks like a nice development. Yes, it needs some caring property owners, for sure.
Helena, 2012. I wonder what it looks like now...
There is a good chance a thunderstorm took out that vinyl fence. Many people around here have learned they simply aren't all that great!
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:03 AM
 
Location: LKN
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It really depends on the HOA.
An HOA can be a good thing, or bad. If it becomes a petty political org made up of self important residents and cronies, it's probably a bad thing. OTOH I went to several HOA meetings in our last neighborhood, and it's a thankless job - residents can be really vocal, unreasonable and very poorly uninformed - e.g. many don't know what they're talking about...

But if your HOA prevents your neighbors from painting their house purple with pink shutters and parking cars on their front lawn, you'll be glad for an HOA.

When you buy a house, you can learn what you're getting yourself into WRT the HOA. That said, I'd probably prefer an HOA over none in a development (not rural).
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I prefer to live in a neighborhood with a community pool, hence an HOA is needed. As side benefits, I enjoy the rules that prohibit residents parking on the street, control types of fencing/renovations and make sure everyone contributes to maintaining the entrance and common areas.
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:11 PM
 
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This is our first time with an HOA and it's ok. In addition to the pool and maintaining the grounds, ours includes the plowing of streets in the winter. The city will only plow residential streets if the snow is deeper than a foot.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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An HOA can be a good thing, or bad. If it becomes a petty political org made up of self important residents and cronies, it's probably a bad thing. OTOH I went to several HOA meetings in our last neighborhood, and it's a thankless job - residents can be really vocal, unreasonable and very poorly uninformed - e.g. many don't know what they're talking about...

But if your HOA prevents your neighbors from painting their house purple with pink shutters and parking cars on their front lawn, you'll be glad for an HOA.

When you buy a house, you can learn what you're getting yourself into WRT the HOA. That said, I'd probably prefer an HOA over none in a development (not rural).

You'd no doubt hate living in the very upscale neighborhood in Austin that had this internationally famous house and lawn. Which everyone loved and which RAISED the property values in the neighborhood.



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