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Old 08-11-2017, 03:42 PM
 
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I am in contract for a home at the Mirage in Barnegat. I went with an HOA because I stupidly thought they did everything outside only to find out they only mow. And worse, the Bylaws state that I am responsible for everything out there, the maintenance of the retaining wall, the bushes, plants, trees, care of the lawn, seeing/fertilizing, etc., watering, keeping all at a certain height and inches (iyiyiyi) And worse, there is an ugly tree right in front of the home that I will not be allowed to take down and it hides the home. No mention of snow removal either? Does anyone live at the Mirage and can you please tell me if it is as bad as all I am reading? Thank you. At this point, I'm deciding not to get the home after all.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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I am in contract for a home at the Mirage in Barnegat. I went with an HOA because I stupidly thought they did everything outside only to find out they only mow. And worse, the Bylaws state that I am responsible for everything out there, the maintenance of the retaining wall, the bushes, plants, trees, care of the lawn, seeing/fertilizing, etc., watering, keeping all at a certain height and inches (iyiyiyi) And worse, there is an ugly tree right in front of the home that I will not be allowed to take down and it hides the home. No mention of snow removal either? Does anyone live at the Mirage and can you please tell me if it is as bad as all I am reading? Thank you. At this point, I'm deciding not to get the home after all.

Ok thanks for the update. If you change your mind, feel free to create yet another thread about it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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I am in contract for a home at the Mirage in Barnegat. I went with an HOA because I stupidly thought they did everything outside only to find out they only mow. And worse, the Bylaws state that I am responsible for everything out there, the maintenance of the retaining wall, the bushes, plants, trees, care of the lawn, seeing/fertilizing, etc., watering, keeping all at a certain height and inches (iyiyiyi) And worse, there is an ugly tree right in front of the home that I will not be allowed to take down and it hides the home. No mention of snow removal either? Does anyone live at the Mirage and can you please tell me if it is as bad as all I am reading? Thank you. At this point, I'm deciding not to get the home after all.
I have family that lived there until very recently. They do handle snow removal, although it could be a day or two before being dug out after a very big storm if the home is towards the back of the development. Yes, owners are responsible for landscaping other than mowing (i.e., shrubs, re-seeding the lawn, power washing).
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Come to Greenbriar Oceanaire just north in Waretown.

$225 monthly HOA pays for mowing and grass maintenance, snow removal including driveways and walkways and our clubhouse is 38,000 sq. ft with a restaurant, indoor/outdoor, 4 table pool room, fitness center, etc.

Plus we have a golf course....fore!!!

We are responsible for shrubs, seeding and flower beds.

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:49 PM
 
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I am in contract for a home at the Mirage in Barnegat. I went with an HOA because I stupidly thought they did everything outside only to find out they only mow. And worse, the Bylaws state that I am responsible for everything out there, the maintenance of the retaining wall, the bushes, plants, trees, care of the lawn, seeing/fertilizing, etc., watering, keeping all at a certain height and inches (iyiyiyi) And worse, there is an ugly tree right in front of the home that I will not be allowed to take down and it hides the home. No mention of snow removal either? Does anyone live at the Mirage and can you please tell me if it is as bad as all I am reading? Thank you. At this point, I'm deciding not to get the home after all.
Single family house, townhouse, what?
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral Fl /Randolph NJ
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I am in contract for a home at the Mirage in Barnegat. I went with an HOA because I stupidly thought they did everything outside only to find out they only mow. And worse, the Bylaws state that I am responsible for everything out there, the maintenance of the retaining wall, the bushes, plants, trees, care of the lawn, seeing/fertilizing, etc., watering, keeping all at a certain height and inches (iyiyiyi) And worse, there is an ugly tree right in front of the home that I will not be allowed to take down and it hides the home. No mention of snow removal either? Does anyone live at the Mirage and can you please tell me if it is as bad as all I am reading? Thank you. At this point, I'm deciding not to get the home after all.
You signed the contract BEFORE reading the HOA rules?
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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You signed the contract BEFORE reading the HOA rules?

Those were my thoughts--exactly.
While documents like Condo Offering Statements and HOA rules are tiresome to read, failure to read them prior to purchase is likely to put a buyer in a situation that he/she later regrets.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:46 AM
 
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Those were my thoughts--exactly.
While documents like Condo Offering Statements and HOA rules are tiresome to read, failure to read them prior to purchase is likely to put a buyer in a situation that he/she later regrets.
Unfortunately, you cannot get access to HOA By-laws until you sign a contract and it goes to Attorney Review. At that time you can then request a copy and if you do not like what it says, then said contract becomes null & void as the Buyer's right. This is how it was stated by my attorney and agreed to by the Seller.
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:43 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Unfortunately, you cannot get access to HOA By-laws until you sign a contract and it goes to Attorney Review. At that time you can then request a copy and if you do not like what it says, then said contract becomes null & void as the Buyer's right. This is how it was stated by my attorney and agreed to by the Seller.
Agreed as the same in Greenbriar Oceanaire.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral Fl /Randolph NJ
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Unfortunately, you cannot get access to HOA By-laws until you sign a contract and it goes to Attorney Review. At that time you can then request a copy and if you do not like what it says, then said contract becomes null & void as the Buyer's right. This is how it was stated by my attorney and agreed to by the Seller.
Oh ok, if you at least have option to cancel if you don't like the bylaws
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