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Old 04-28-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I wouldn't buy in an HOA community again either....but for the exact opposite reason. My original reason for wanting to live in an HOA-controlled community was for the consistency in the look of the exteriors. I had just moved from a non-HOA development of twin homes, where everyone did their own thing -- wood fence here, chain link there, nice landscaping next to weeds, white curtains in one house and purple in the next house -- it looked a mess. To avoid that type of problem in my next home, I wanted to get into a community where the exteriors and landscaping were controlled by the HOA. Since then, I've been in five HOA communities. In every case, there have been two problems: 1) There are always people who rebel against the rules, even though they should have known the rules before buying, and 2) There are never enough people to run the HOA...it's a thankless job and eventually no one wants to do it. I've seen enough drama in HOAs and I'm now renting an apartment so I don't have to deal with it.
I don't mean to go off topic but want to ask, out of curiosity...what would a one bedroom accessible apartment in a nice Philly neighborhood possibly rent for?

On topic: do 55+ communities make you feel self conscious about your lifestyle-- is there a pressure to "conform" and not be different in any way?
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I don't mean to go off topic but want to ask, out of curiosity...what would a one bedroom accessible apartment in a nice Philly neighborhood possibly rent for?

On topic: do 55+ communities make you feel self conscious about your lifestyle-- is there a pressure to "conform" and not be different in any way?
Oh geez, about the rent, it really depends on where you are -- city, suburbs, neighborhood, amenities, etc. As a very rough estimate, I'd say no less than 900-1000 for a nice place in a good area, but you can probably get more information on the Phila. board.

Not sure what you mean by your second question exactly, but going by my Mom's experience when she moved to FL -- the only discomfort she felt was that she was an attractive widow in the midst of a lot of couples. Many of the wives were not exactly warm and fuzzy towards her, at first. Eventually, her sparkling personality won them over! LOL
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default The whole HOA question

I was very interested in the various comments about HOA's because I am a board member of a town house HOA. This is not an age-restricted one but the problems are the same as posted in this thread: Some people feel the rules are too restrictive, and so on.

The key is doing your homework before purchasing. The rules differ from place to place, so read them carefully and think about whether you would be O.K. with the rules there. If not, steer clear of that place and don't buy!

I have known a few board members who adopt a junior Nazi mentality, but in my experience where I live these are the minority. We as a board struggle to maintain the property in good condition and that is in order to maintain everybody's property values. I agree with the poster who said that if anything goes on the exterior the place will look like a shantytown after a while; then where is the value of your property?

I have no quarrel with people who want a pink front door, except those who want one when they know the rules don't allow it. Why did they ever buy there in the first place? Get a single family house and paint your door pink!
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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I was very interested in the various comments about HOA's because I am a board member of a town house HOA. This is not an age-restricted one but the problems are the same as posted in this thread: Some people feel the rules are too restrictive, and so on.

The key is doing your homework before purchasing. The rules differ from place to place, so read them carefully and think about whether you would be O.K. with the rules there. If not, steer clear of that place and don't buy!

I have known a few board members who adopt a junior Nazi mentality, but in my experience where I live these are the minority. We as a board struggle to maintain the property in good condition and that is in order to maintain everybody's property values. I agree with the poster who said that if anything goes on the exterior the place will look like a shantytown after a while; then where is the value of your property?

I have no quarrel with people who want a pink front door, except those who want one when they know the rules don't allow it. Why did they ever buy there in the first place? Get a single family house and paint your door pink!
Tell them to make sure that single family home community doesn't have an HOA with restrictive covenants also.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Restrictive covenants' long reach.

Excellent point by TuborgP about the fact that some single family homes also are part of HOA's. I was thinking of homes in the average city or town, rather than homes in formal retirement communities.

While HOA boards get a lot of demonizing (which can be well deserved in a given case), I just want to add that serving on a board is not always such a great joy either.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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serving on a board is not always such a great joy either
EscortRider, yes, that was what I meant about never having enough people to run for the Board in HOA communities. I've been on the Boards of three different HOAs, and there's always been drama, and arguing, and people quitting mid-term, and scrambling to get volunteers to replace them. It's tough to handle all that stress and aggravation on a volunteer basis, especially when many others in the community don't step up to do their share.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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To Avalon08: While the one board I've been on (still am) isn't quite as bad as what you describe (thank heavens), you are absolutely right. I've asked myself why all the aggravation for no pay, and I guess the answer is to try to insure reasonable decisions about my own property and its finances, i.e., it's a question of self-interest. In eight years on the board, I've seen one single contested election, i.e., not very many people are willing to serve! If there is a vacancy, we have to beat the bushes to find someone to fill it.
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