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Old 03-10-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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My family is looking at moving to PA. We have narrowed down to delaware school district or Wallenpaupack and want an amenity filled community. We are paying cash and want a fixer upper. One question I have is are we able to easily add on to an existing home or do the HOA's place restrictions on this ? We need to purchase a less expensive home and will be able to improve once we sell and get equity out of our existing home.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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Most communities will require you to get approval before building an addition on a home. You should contact the individual communities in the areas you are interested in and ask for a copy of their HOA rules.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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It PA there are different laws from County to County and possibly even other laws you will have to adhere to if it is a community based development like many places in the Poconos are. Lake Wallenpaupack has its own set of rules as shown below

http://www.wleonline.org/poainfo/buildingreg.pdf

I know that in Wilkes Barre I have to get a special permit each and every time I build anything no matter how small and they charge. Plus they give you a time limit so it's not like you can buy the permit and spend a year doing it. The best you can do is when you have a firm idea in place as to where you think you want to go make some calls to the county and also ask the community if it is a fee per month based community that upkeeps the grounds for you.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Thank you !! I understand the permit issues, my husband works for code enforcement in our County c just want to be sure that communities will allow you to expand on existing homes. Will check the areas directly.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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Hemlock Farms is a community in the Wallenpaupack school district. They do allow additions, with permits of course. One thing to consider is that depending on the size of your addition, it may cost a lot more in the long run to buy a fixer upper and to invest in renovation & expansion, than to buy a comparable finished home. You should figure out the cost of the house & renovations and see what it would be worth when you are done. Im in a similar situation, so just my 2cents.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Unfortunately, we are in a catch 22. We won't have much equity until after we move and can sell our house out west. So, we may not have a choice but to buy a house that is a fixer upper. Structurally sound but needs tlc is what we are searching for.
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