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Old 05-14-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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I know he represents our HOA.

I wish I could say more and express an opinion and give facts I know to back me up. But as the President of our Board, I can't.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:58 AM
 
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Are HOAs the norm in SA neighborhoods? I am not a fan of HOAs and would love to find a neighborhood that doesn't have one when we eventually buy a house...
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Are HOAs the norm in SA neighborhoods? I am not a fan of HOAs and would love to find a neighborhood that doesn't have one when we eventually buy a house...
If a subdivision has a gated entrance, then the streets behind the gate are private and there is an HOA/POA.

If there is no gated entrance, then it depends on whether the community has a private recreation center or other private benefits just for residents. Typically, many newer subdivisions always have some sort of HOA.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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I'm curious . . . where do you swim and play basketball and tennis if you don't have those amenities in your community? I know those thing are a pretty big expense for our HOA to maintain. I'm sure their are public facilities but I don't know where they are located.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I'm curious . . . where do you swim and play basketball and tennis if you don't have those amenities in your community? I know those thing are a pretty big expense for our HOA to maintain. I'm sure their are public facilities but I don't know where they are located.
http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/tennis.asp for the tennis fix.
http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapar/inventory.asp - in the amenities column, it will say if basketball is an option.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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I know HOA's have rules but I was under the impression that this man had lost his job and was making little payments to the HOA during the time period. They wanted the whole balance at once and then added attorney's fees which of course increased the amount owed. When the news started their investigation thats when his prior payments came into light! So I kinda feel for the guy!
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: 281 north of 1604 - otherwise known as traffic hell
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Tom is an aggressive lawyer who usually gets what the HOA wants. the problem with Tom is that he sees it only as a way to get his atty fees. He files as fast as he can to ensure that the time he spends working on a matter is billed to the resposible party.

He doesn't care about doing what is right and only wants his fee (in my several experiences with him anyway).

That being said - as others have mentioned - the terms are what they are and were agreed to by each of the respective parties well in advance. you can't breach those terms and expect to skate.
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Tom is an aggressive lawyer who usually gets what the HOA wants.
Sounds to me like he's simply doing his job (what the HOA wants him to do).
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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This is exactly one of the reasons I didn't buy in a subdivision. I am not paying a separate entity besides the bank and the city for my home. If you do your homework you can find a home within your price range where you don't have to worry about your neighbors junking up the place. Plus no cookie cutter homes.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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Our HOA did this to a homeowner in our neighborhood and wound up paying out $5,000 because they apparently didn't have all their ducks in a row like they thought they did.
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