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Why buy in a HOA if you live in the Northwest Houston area!

Why buy in a HOA if you live in the Northwest Houston area

On a regular basis I have people asking me to find them a home that is not in a homeowner's association.   I am going to tell you why I don't think that is a good idea living in the Northwest Houston area.    I have lived in Kansas, Colorado and North Carolina and did not live in subdivisons that had HOA's.  It was not a big deal because all three of the areas that I lived in had zoning in affect.   The problem with not buying in a subdivision in the Houston area is that we do not have zoning in affect.  It is a free for all; people can build whatever they want wherever they want it.  That is why it is not uncommon to see cows in the middle of the city or suburb.

I will never forget when I found out that the Houston area did not have zoning.  We moved to the area in 1996 and I was taking the classes to get my real estate license.  One of the instructors's nonchalantly said "well you know we don't have zoning in the Houston area".  I almost fell off my chair; I though every area was zoned.  At the time I wasn't sure if I wanted someone telling me what I could and couldn't do.  The longer I have lived here however the more I appreciate HOA's for maintaining our property values.  To give you an example a few years ago my husband worked with someone who bought out in the country in a non-restricted area.  The guy loved it until the house next door was sold and the new owner decided to make it in to a salvage yard.  When that junk yard opened up his property values went down the tube.

The good news is that there is just about something for everyone as far as homeowner's associations go.  There are associations with all kinds of restrictions such as in planned communities and there are HOA's that allow you to have mobile homes.   Most country subdivisions will allow you to have horses. Typically it is 1 acre per horse but again that varies by subdivision.  The HOA's fees also vary greatly.  I have seen fees as low as $10 a year and as high as $1500.  There are even a few subdivisions that have deed restrictions but no fees.  Most of the suburb HOA's have similar restrictions.  If there is something in particular you are interested in doing it is a good idea to look the deed restrictions over before you ever put an offer on a house.  It is a fairly easy process to get the deed restrictions; usually you can get them from a local title company. It is important to decide what kind of restrictions you are looking for and find your home in a HOA that meets your needs.

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Marchel Peterson
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Comment balloon 4 commentsMarchel Peterson • January 29 2007 07:11PM

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Marchel, were lucky here in Texas as the HOA's actually do a good service where in other parts of the country I believe they just about only collect fees!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 12 years ago

I tend to be against HOA.  While I realize the good - maintaining property values and such, it is the other side and the blind stupidity that frustrates me.  As an example, in a local area HOA, it is OK to park a multi-colored rusting NO ADVERTISING piece of junk car in your driveway - as long as it moves and is licensed & insured.  BUT, a car like mine (will be doing blog soon - but to see similar example check out this blog:  http://www.activerain.com/blogsview/558455/Successful-Notary-Tip-6 this car would not be allowed, nor ANY trucks of any kind.  Nice cars, good condition, brand new pick-up trucks etc, are not permitted, but the other junk car is fine.  No way that can be justified, and just not worth the aggravation.  My 2c My 2 cents

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Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) almost 11 years ago

Ronald, If I lived in any other part of the country I would be against HOA's also.  We are unique here in Houston in that we DON"T have zoning.  Deed restrictions are our only way to maintain our property values.  When we first moved here and I was going through my real estate classes I almost fell off my chair when I found out that we didn't have zoning.  Those subdivisions that don't have HOA's are a total FREE FOR ALL; a trailer house next to a nice house etc.

Thanks so much for reviving one of my very first post.  My very first post ever on AR was January 23rd 2007 so this wasn't much after that. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Still think I'll avoid HOA if I ever move.  I do understand their good aspects, but like I said, I get aggravated at their blind stupidity.

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PS: No problem, I search ALL kinds of blogs, old & new!!

Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) almost 11 years ago

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