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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Homeowner Associations– Good or Bad

While reading an article this morning about how the West Melbourne Homeowners Group Shuts Out Scouts Food Drive my thoughts went in several directions.

As a real estate agent I thought what a bad publicity step for the Hammocks Lakes East and Hammock Lakes West association.  Of course, as an association, it is their decision to enforce the no soliciting restriction as firm as they desire.

Then I thought about how many buyers I have worked with through the years who required an HOA and the few who would not look at any home if there was an HOA.  The views on each side of this coin can be pretty firm!

If one is buying in a new/newer development, especially in places like Viera, Suntree, Bayside Lakes in Palm Bay, Sunset Lakes in Merritt Island, Augusta Trace in Rockledge, etc. – expect an association.

And, as someone told me, associations exist to enforce conformity - appearance, landscape, if you can rent, facilities use, vehicles allowed, pets allowed, etc.

Here are a few articles I have written over the past several years about HOAs.

Homeowner Associations – You can’t Choose Your Family But You Can Choose Your HOA!
Deed Restrictions, Homeowner Associations and the like... Help or Obstacle?
"You ain't the boss of me!" To live with homeowner associations and deed restrictions or not?

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