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    Post Check out my HOA's most recent newsletter front page bulletin

    I was already planning on moving... at first I was going to wait to get my house completely fixed up (which would happen sometime near the end of 2014)...then I decided to speed it up and just unload it as long as I don't walk away from it owing any money to the bank (fingers crossed!). I just read this today from my HOA's weekly newsletter, holy crap, after the new year I am getting with a real estate agent and am getting rid of this house ASAP:

    These are the new rules for the HOA:

    Why I'm selling the house (part of the reason..).JPG


    1. Attend meetings. Don't just show up if you have a problem or complaint.

    2. Accept nomination to serve on the Board or appointment to any committee.

    3. (My favorite) Describe your association in positive terms. (they printed the word "positive" in italics...)

    4. Be prepared when asked to contribute; plan details of an event, coordinate with other owners and affiliates.

    5. Contribute whatever time you have available for the benefit of the community. Become a dependable, constructive member of your association.

    6. When attending Board meetings, remember that the only time you should address the Board is during the Open Forum session. Don't interrupt during the Business meeting.

    7. Keep an open mind and look for the benefits to the community whenever a new program is being initiated. (ha...hahahahahahahaha...)

    8. Don't criticize the Board, committee members or other volunteers. (hahahahahahahahahaha....)

    9. Read your newsletter and correspondence from the management company in order to understand what is going on and why decisions are being made.

    10. Introduce yourself to new owners. Let them know that our community is a great place to live and that you look forward to their involvement. (Sieg heil!)



    Goodby HOA, and I will never make the mistake again to live in an HOA community. A lesson well learned...

    Feel free to share this or share your own HOA horror stories.

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    Every time I hear such stories, I thank my lucky stars that I've never fallen into that trap.

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    J my last three jobs were all connected w/ the real estate business - and my last room mate was a real estate agent. I've read in more than one place that home improvements to enhance the sale value of a property generally give a 17% return on investment, as measured by final sale price. Is that worded right? I mean every $100 you sink into improvements might get you $17 more for the house. Dismal. People coming in are maybe not going to be thrilled with your taste in new floors, carpet color, etc., and would rather make their own choices. Add to that that a large portion of buyers these days are institutional, corps looking to get a rental property, and yeah, it's like selling a car - it's good if it runs, but that spoiler you put on it won't add to the sale price.

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    Silly question, but what's this^ got to do with HOAs?

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    OP:
    I was already planning on moving... at first I was going to wait to get my house completely fixed up (which would happen sometime near the end of 2014)...then I decided to speed it up and just unload it as long as I don't walk away from it owing any money to the bank
    Just addressing the first line of the post.

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    That's an excellent point, Horse, thanks for sharing it.

    I feel I should add that my HOA isn't currently a bunch of Nazis, but with rules like I posted in the first post of this thread, they're obviously going towards total control. Fine by me, I'll get out of dodge and when the housing market collapses (again...) they can have fun with all the empty homes to boss around...
    Last edited by Jacob; 12-03-2013 at 10:42 PM. Reason: added the last few sentences

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    Update: I have had this newsletter (the one I pictured in the first post of this thread) posted on my refrigerator and I noticed today these aren't rules for the HOA, they are suggested New Year's resolutions to those of us in the community. I think it was a Freudian slip by whoever writes the newsletter, and I'm going to go off on a limb and say that person is a member of the HOA board.

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