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Old 07-31-2011, 10:51 PM
 
Location: The Brightest City On Earth
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You don't and it doesn't really matter as long as you are not one of the "trashy" ones. (Poster did say trashy homeowners AND renters) And those exist all over. Difference is the HOA will not tolerate it for very long. That is a positive.
That is true. The only time I ever went to the HOA here was when the new people 2 doors down decided it was perfectly OK to allow their 2 dogs to roam freely and to do number 2 on the common grounds in front of other people's units. And I only went to the HOA after attempting to speak directly to the tenants involved. I suspect the absentee owner got a letter because the new people and their dogs were soon gone.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Sunrise
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My HOA is a (small) money siphon. They take their monthly shakedown, and do damned near nothing.

Our neighborhood pays $7K/month in landscaping -- yet the only time I ever see landscapers working the common areas, there is one guy with a lead ass doing basically nothing, and six others watching him, drinking coffee.

A lotta graft going on, I'll wager.
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:15 PM
 
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Our neighborhood pays $7K/month in landscaping -- yet the only time I ever see landscapers working the common areas, there is one guy with a lead ass doing basically nothing, and six others watching him, drinking coffee.

A lotta graft going on, I'll wager.
i'd be video taping that and playing it at the next hoa meeting.
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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I actually like HOAs, so long as the restrictions are reasonable.

A good, reasonable HOA can make a nice community even nicer. I hate seeing yards that are unclean, trashed, or just plain ridiculous looking. I'm willing to pay a little bit extra to live in a neighborhood where aesthetics are enforced.

That being said, I think that neighborhoods without HOAs can be nice too - you just have to assess these areas with a critical eye to make sure that the neighbors are nice and clean.
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Old 08-01-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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I'm a newer home owner, but I love my HOA! I had two violations even before I moved in - for lawn repair and facia peeling - both I agreeded and fixed right away! A lot of the Non-HOA communities I have seen look kind of run down or dingy. My HOA is only $10 a month.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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That being said, I think that neighborhoods without HOAs can be nice too - you just have to assess these areas with a critical eye to make sure that the neighbors are nice and clean.
What do you do when your nice & clean neighbors have to relocate unexpectedly in a few months and the replacements are not so nice & clean?
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:51 PM
 
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What do you do when your nice & clean neighbors have to relocate unexpectedly in a few months and the replacements are not so nice & clean?
I agree with this point. It's a gamble and you never know for sure how things are going to be later on.

But I believe that trends can give you some indication...over time, some non-HOA neighborhoods will consistently hold up better and stay cleaner than others.
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