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HOA Concerns? Consider Your Options

by Claudia Berger-Ayer 01/19/2020

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Many modern housing developments share areas such as parks, pools and playgrounds. When this is the case, they need a homeowner’s association to tend to the needs of the common areas. The same is true for condominium complexes and townhome communities. Since hallways, elevators and the outsides of buildings require shared maintenance, the HOA’s purpose is clear, and membership means protection for home values.

But some neighborhoods have associations that do not maintain jointly-owned areas. Instead, they exist purportedly to keep the neighborhood’s appeal. Often, these groups set strict rules on paint colors, the length grass can grow, whether you can have lawn ornaments and various other personal taste decisions that might make your life there more complicated. They police the number of vehicles in your driveway and how quickly you put away your trash containers after pickup.

These rules can benefit owners by making certain one property’s neglect doesn’t reflect poorly on the other properties nearby.

Know before You Go

When you purchase a home in a community with a homeowner’s association, request a copy of the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) before you make an offer or with a contingency that you can back out if the rules are too onerous.

If you decide to purchase in an HOA neighborhood, realize that you’re giving up some of your freedoms in exchange for rules meant to enhance the quality of life in your community.

Get Involved

The best way to coexist with community life is to get involved. Attend the meetings, offer to be on a committee or run for office. Sometimes, due to lack of a quorum, the leadership rules by fiat, so try to get other neighbors involved too. Offer to host a social event so that neighbors can meet and get to know one another. It’s harder to impose harsh rules on people you know and see frequently.

If you don’t understand a rule, open a dialog. Perhaps you’ll discover there is a history behind the rule that gives it more validity.

Always make your requests in writing too, so that you can back up claims for a quick response to HOA action against you.

When the home you want is in an HOA-controlled community, do your best to become part of the influencers rather than a detractor. That way, if someone proposes a petty rule that you believe isn’t helpful, you’ll be able to have your say.

Let your real estate agent know how you feel about living in an HOA neighborhood. If you’re unsure, ask your agent to find out how the HOA functions and what the other members think about it. 

About the Author
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Claudia Berger-Ayer

I am a bilingual English/German Real Estate agent and I provide full time real estate service for multi and single family homes. My expertise include certified buyers representation for relocations buyers, investment properties, resale purchase and first time home buyers as well as new construction specialist in Jacksonville and its surroundings. As a listing agent I leverage Berkshire Hathaway marketing strategies and resources as well as my knowledge as a Certified Real Estate Negotiator to touch all marketing options of exposure and maximize the seller’s net worth. My professional Real Estate experience also include extensive knowledge about short sales and foreclosure bid and purchase process. My strong leadership skills were developed due to my extensive national and international work experience within the United States and as flight attendant/On Board leader working for the German Air Force in Cologne Germany, Lufthansa AG in Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt Germany, and Delta Air Lines Inc. in Boston and New York. So I understand the challenges and uncertainties relocation clients face. Living in Jacksonville Florida the last 19 years I call this my home and love the beauty of Northeast Florida. Sehr geehrter Immobilien Kunden, bitte schreiben Sie mir eine kurze e-mail und ich kann Ihnen gerne mehr Information von Jacksonville Florida zusenden! Ich lebe seit 18 Jahren hier in dieser wunderschoenen Stadt direkt am atlantischen Ozean und kenne alle Nachbarschaften fuer Einfamilienhaeuser and Eigentumswohnungen.