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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I am currently living in a neighborhood that does not have an HOA. We have no issues at all and love not having to pay the dues!

I was the president of my former neighborhood Board for several years and really had a lot of wonderful neighbors who were most supportive. As long as you have fabulous residents and a great treasurer, life is peachy!

And, yes, we have HOA/COA Disclosures in both NC & SC. I would assume most states do.

Why do you ask, Fred Griffin?

Jul 30, 2017 08:48 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I currently live in an HOA subdivision, are not participating on the board.

Jul 31, 2017 05:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Fred --

As far as pros versus cons -- it's related to the person not the concept of a homeowners association(in my opinion).  Some people should not live within the confines/restrictions of a HOA.   When selling real estate, this topic needs to be an upfront discussion.  Not all HOAs are created equal.  

I have been involved but never(yet) as a board member/director. Thankfully there are residents/owners who volunteer for such positions. Not perfect but quite admirable(for the most part).

I'm not sure what you mean by disclosure requirements.  It must be disclosed in Californai that a property is part of a HOA.   I'm sure the guidelines as to extent of what must be disclosed varies by state.  


Jul 30, 2017 11:01 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I live in an HOA and for the most part it's OK, but there are many I know who have lived in HOAs who decry all the rules and restrictions, and the high fees compared to the real and perceived service. Yes we have disclosures and an HOA document review is a key part of the due diligence as one of the contingencies.

Jul 30, 2017 10:18 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I would never live in one or invest in one.  We have enough govt intrusion in our lives without adding amateur govt agencies to it.

Jul 30, 2017 08:52 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

As a Realtor, DO NOT become an officer or director. Most HOA decisions will not satisfy some or most of the homeowners. You will get disliked quickly. To put it lightly, that will not help your Realtor activities.

Jul 30, 2017 08:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Our HOA is strict but fair. Our community was formed in the early 70s and is the envy of all similar HOAs. Never been on the board or wish to be.

Jul 30, 2017 08:16 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Yes absolutely we have disclosure to handle HOA's. We don't life in an HOA but I kind of wish we did because we've got on bad apple neighbor that has been a mess since we moved in 20 years ago.  She hates everyone and does this on purpose (why I have no idea)!! Waste of energy!  Other folks in HOA have a love/hate relationships. Some are run well - others are a bunch of  powers hungry folks that have no idea what they're doing. As for being on the board....proably isn't going to happen if we move again.

Jul 31, 2017 11:05 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I am vice president of my neighborhood HOA.  It is a thankless job and I get to hear lots of whing, but I also have the opportunity to make a difference.

Jul 31, 2017 09:37 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I just moved to a subdivision with an HOA, moved from a non HOA where I lived for twelve years. It depends on the person, HOA's don't really bother me but some don't want to be told what they can or can not do on their property. Someone with a watercrafts or commercial vehicles, non HOA would fit better. 
I've never served on the HOA board, not something I want to do. 

Jul 31, 2017 08:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate




I have information about this on my website.

Jul 31, 2017 06:58 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we have very few in our town.... a few private roads that require an Association for maintenance, especially in the winter months...the town will not plow them...

Jul 31, 2017 06:19 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I was a Vice-President on an HOA we blonged to for many years. It was a small HOA and even with the small HOAs, there is always at least one person on a mission to make others conform to an invented guideline. And if that rule doesn't exist, then that intrusive person will try to pass a new rule. No; I do not like HOAs, if for only that reason.

Jul 31, 2017 06:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Once lived in a townhome complex where I served as president for 7 years. At an annual meeting, said if re-elected I would move. Sold and closed 3 months later!

Jul 31, 2017 05:47 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

1. Many

2. Yes

3. No

4. Yes

Jul 31, 2017 05:31 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

HOA can be like the song "Harper Valley PTA"

Jul 31, 2017 05:13 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

You have to ask more permissions for projects, but I have more amenities, less upkeep costs and I do own single family and formerly lived in one of my rentals so I do know life in and out of HOA's and in parallel.

I like my HOA and would not become a board member until some of the old guard retires or dies, too political in that bunch.

Jul 31, 2017 05:03 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes I lived in both townhomes & single fam with HOA. They are good for uniformity but that's it. I would never become a board member as they don't pay anything & expect 50 hrs a week.

Jul 31, 2017 04:32 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I manage them, and they are needed-if they become a positive force and not a police force against minor violations run by a group that has no long term vision. Without them neighborhoods turn into a bit of an architectural chaos and could erode values, but they need to be a positive force, properly run and managed.

Jul 31, 2017 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have never lived in a non-HOA community or building (NYC coops). I wouldn't live where there was no HOA, as I firmly believe they do maintain the value of a property. Everyone worries about restrictions... and yet I've never had an issue with any.


I've not served on any boards, but my husband has been president of one, vice-chairman of two others. He has since retired from these thankless jobs.

Jul 31, 2017 04:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Fred, we used to have disclosures for HOA, but no longer do.  It is disclosed in MLS and who the HOA is.   Pros - you don't have a home painted any odd colors, less riff raff.   Cons, if you have toys, such as campers, trailers, etc.  you have to store behind the fence, or off site.

Aug 02, 2017 05:53 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have served on 5 HOAs at one time as an officer (developer). It can be very time consuming. Overall I believe HOAs are a benefit to the neighborhoods.

Jul 31, 2017 07:55 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

For me persoanlly it wouldn't work - I'm too much of a rebel myself, and forget about Jessie - he'd have a fit and probably get us thrown out of the neighborhood LOL

Jul 31, 2017 01:44 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Disclosures: Yes!  And documentation needs to be given to the buyers and they can backout (rightfully so) if they don't like it.


I've lived in them and GREATLY prefer to not be in them.  Very rarely, in my experience, is a house allowed to degrade to where it becomes an eye-sore or people park cars on the lawn, as is often the fear most have about non-HOA areas.  I find HOAs to be full of clowns with nothing better to do who report any minor infraction.

Jul 31, 2017 11:45 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes we have disclosures.

Jul 31, 2017 08:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Some times I wish I lived in one but I am in a older neighborhood and we do not have one.


Jul 31, 2017 07:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We live in a community with an active HOA. Disclosure is required.

Jul 31, 2017 06:46 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin I do not live in a subdivision with an HOA. Cons: Business vehicles, multi-families, boats, RV'S Pros: No dictatorship runing the subdivision, no HOA fees I would like to see a balance. Our State does have disclosure requirements.

Jul 31, 2017 06:24 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Conformity is value in Real Estate so we have one pro. Another is sharing expenses. The downside is whoever is running the HOA. Bad management can upset your day and your life while a good one pays for itself. I was temporarily in charge until one could be put in place (new construction)

Jul 31, 2017 06:03 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I live in an HOA community of single family homes that is deeded as a condo community.  

Jul 31, 2017 05:23 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes we have a disclosure and the pros and cons have to be gone over with buyers before even looking at homes with a hoa

Jul 31, 2017 05:18 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I've seen more than one developer/builder do away with HOAA's, and more and more buyers are saying that they don't want to look at any properties that have HOA's. On the negative side, i see homes without hOA's with junk in the yard, inoperable vehicles parked in driveways, cars parked in front yards, purple paint on houses, grass that always needs to be mowed, etc.

Jul 31, 2017 04:55 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We do have disclisure and in most situations I like HOA restrictions. Personally I live in a volunteer association in an older upscale neighborhood and the participation is over 80%.

Jul 31, 2017 04:46 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - I do not live in HOA community - and as far as I know, yes, there are some requirements by state for HOAs.

Jul 30, 2017 11:11 PM