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#4583928 - 11/24/17 07:00 PM Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area.
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4894
Loc: Houston, Texas
I'd like to be able to save money and put a landscaping trailer in the backyard, but all the houses in my area have an hoa and they're parked 6ft away from another.

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#4583934 - 11/24/17 07:07 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
ls1mike Offline


Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 5178
Loc: In the Garage...
That would drive me crazy. Have you found one with "loose" rules?
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#4583938 - 11/24/17 07:09 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
W9HDG Offline


Registered: 05/29/16
Posts: 32
Loc: WI
Glad I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere


Edited by W9HDG (11/24/17 07:09 PM)

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#4583939 - 11/24/17 07:10 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21375
Loc: Orlando, FL
Some HOA are very terrible.... other HOA are good.

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#4583943 - 11/24/17 07:13 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
What is an HOA?
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#4583947 - 11/24/17 07:17 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 494
Loc: Vienna, VA
Ask some neighbors about the HOA. They aren't all bad and usually the people who complain are far in the minority or don't even live in an HOA. My HOA in Denver was very helpful and great and my new HOA here in Virginia seems to be well liked as well.
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#4583950 - 11/24/17 07:21 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: StevieC]
5AcresAndAFool Offline


Registered: 12/18/16
Posts: 436
Loc: Indiana
A HOA is a Home Owners Association. Basically its for people that want to buy a house, but still want to be treated like they are renting. Lol....

They are good and bad. Alot of towns have ordinances that will protect the majority of the homeowners without needing an HOA.

I was part of one before, not terrible, but I prefer living out in the country and if I want to paint my house Orange I can.

They can help keep the riff raff out, and can help protect property values. But in extreme cases where there was a "bad" HOA, it can actually hurt property values.

One of my problems is there are many HOAs that are lax when it comes time to enforce the rules, If you dont enforce the rules, than whats the point. And there is usually at least one person that thinks they are exempt from the rules.


Edited by 5AcresAndAFool (11/24/17 07:25 PM)

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#4583953 - 11/24/17 07:24 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Oh we call them Condo Boards here. Thanks thumbsup
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#4583954 - 11/24/17 07:24 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32775
Loc: ME
Are you allowed to park in the street?

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#4583957 - 11/24/17 07:27 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: eljefino]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4894
Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: eljefino
Are you allowed to park in the street?


A car or truck? Yes A boat no. I'd like to to just stick my boat in the driveway.
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#4583958 - 11/24/17 07:27 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: 5AcresAndAFool]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3034
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: 5AcresAndAFool
A HOA is a Home Owners Association. Basically its for people that want to buy a house, but still want to be treated like they are renting.

They are good and bad. Alot of towns have ordinances that will protect the majority of the homeowners without needing an HOA.

I was part of one before, not terrible, but I prefer living out in the country and if I want to paint my house Orange I can.

They can help keep the riff raff out, and can help protect property values. But in extreme cases where there was a "bad" HOA, it can actually hurt property values.

One of my problems is there are many HOAs that are lax when it comes time to enforce the rules, If you dont enforce the rules, than whats the point. And there is usually at least one person that thinks they are exempt from the rules.


HOAs are only a problem if you don't read the covenants before buying the house. I flat out shake my head when people KNEW the rules before they bought the property but then have the gall to complain AFTER they settled in. A properly run HOA will preserve your home's value and make your real estate an appreciating asset.

And of all the HOAs I've been in.. nobody ever wants to be on the board but also has nothing but complaints about the rules or enforcement. In those cases just nominate yourself to become a board member and then change things up.. it's as simple as that.

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#4583963 - 11/24/17 07:33 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
E150GT Offline


Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1161
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Iím buying a house right now and itís an older hood. House built in 1978 and the HOA is voluntary thank goodness
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#4583965 - 11/24/17 07:34 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15843
Loc: OH
There is a lot of countryside around Houston.
Why not look at older, isolated and well established neighborhoods out in the sticks?
HOAs tend to exist only in relatively recently built subdivisions.
We neither have nor want one here.
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#4583968 - 11/24/17 07:40 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2908
Loc: Wet side WA
HOA just another group of people that can't keep their nose out of your business!
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#4583987 - 11/24/17 08:07 PM Re: Buying a house! Hard to find a non hoa area. [Re: motor_oil_madman]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1975
Loc: Lakeside, CA
I owned a Townhouse years ago. The HOA actually protected my rights a few times. I know its hard to believe. I will never live in an HOA community again. I'd rather live out in the hills.
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