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Old 06-16-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I made the mistake of buying a home in an HOA. While the fees aren't crazy, the board members are. Anyway, I am selling and want to stay in AA county since my husband works in Annapolis. My question: How to find houses in the county that are NOT in HOA? Is there a website or a way to search on realtor.com or something?
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Is there a website or a way to search on realtor.com or something?
One way to eliminate many is to specify to Realtor.com that you want a half-acre or more lot size. That will eliminate most of the ones in newer developments. Or you could specify ones older than 30 years. Houses in a waterfront community will also probably have an HOA to manage the waterfront facilities, so eliminate them. You will be left with older houses on larger lots which are probably further out in the county.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:26 PM
 
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Thanks, I'll try that. Older homes & bigger lots sound fantastic to me.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Millersville, Md and King George, Va
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Redfin is my favorite RE site to use. Much more user friendly than Realtor.com. IMO. In Redfin, under search listings, they have "more options" in there it has "Max HOA" it lets you choose No HOA or the amount limit.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Redfin is my favorite RE site to use. Much more user friendly than Realtor.com. IMO. In Redfin, under search listings, they have "more options" in there it has "Max HOA" it lets you choose No HOA or the amount limit.
Thanks. Incidentally, I was looking around Millersville. I love that area near Cecil and noticed some properties for sale there.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:44 AM
 
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Older neighborhoods may have less onerous HOAs. If you talk to an experienced real estate agent, they may be able to point to some neighborhoods without HOAs or with more relaxed HOAs. (I'm thinking of Cape St. Claire that has a very mild HOA mostly to maintain the beaches. I think it is only $10 per year (!) and restrictions on what you can do on your property are minimal.)
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Older neighborhoods may have less onerous HOAs. If you talk to an experienced real estate agent, they may be able to point to some neighborhoods without HOAs or with more relaxed HOAs. (I'm thinking of Cape St. Claire that has a very mild HOA mostly to maintain the beaches. I think it is only $10 per year (!) and restrictions on what you can do on your property are minimal.)
Thanks, but that's how I got stuck with the awful HOA I'm stuck in now. I bought my current house over 10 years ago. I love the neighborhood and my house. When I first bought it, the HOA was a non-issue. We paid a total of $200 a year for pool, tennis, and bikepath. No issues whatsoever. Now, the dues aren't so bad, but the HOA has morphed into a group of power-tripping-busy-body-neighbors. The management company is completely out of control. Now we are all subject to seasonal inspections, twice-monthly lawn checks, numerous other rules. They have gone way beyond the bylaws and are currently targeting a neighbor who disagreed with them at a board meeting. It is just awful and I'm not sticking around. No way will I ever buy into an HOA again.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Quite honestly it will be difficult to find anything built in the last 20 or so years not subject to a HOA regime almost anywhere in SoMD from Central Ave. going south, especially if it's in a recognized sub-division (The Greens of_________, Bandit's Cove, etc.). Older houses (50+ years old) generally are not HOA.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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How about finding a good experienced Realtor who can find what your looking for. I have just the person if interested.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:20 PM
 
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I feel your pain. We will be selling soon to escape an HOA. They suck!
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