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Old 11-25-2011, 06:37 AM   #71
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I think it is a wash. There are pobibly just as many That dislike
HOAs and would vaule(pay less) for your house than than those that would like a HOA and pay more.
Count Me as a non HOA owner. I just don't trust them.
I'm with you. HOAs are good in theory and, often, in practicce but the benevolent nature of the HOA management can turn into a petty dictatorship overnight. I've heard more than enough tales from friends who have to deal with HOAs to convince me to avoid them.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:40 AM   #72
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Are you kidding me, you have to call them to tell them you are there to load or unload. Holy crap batman. I can't imagine calling someone to tell them I will be using MY DRIVEWAY. Sorry I just don't get it.
That was my reaction when I saw that (although I do get it, it rubs wrong).
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:24 AM   #73
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These threads are always a lot of fun to read. All the bad things about HOAs that people like to post are true. There is something to be said for exterior confomity, however, especially in small lot developments. In Florida homes do not have basements, garages get full of "stuff" and cars, rvs, boats, etc. get parked in front yards. Without restrictions, a neighborhood can look like a used vehicle lot, or worse, in a hurry. In an effort to control this HOAs try to be fair (or sometimes play favorites) and make judgement calls about what is allowed and what is not, leading to pettiness and bickering.

We have always lived in rural areas with limited or no restrictions.For our winter home in FL, however, we chose to live in what I call an "antiseptically controlled" adults only subdivision. Rules are so tight there is never a grey area-something is either a violation or it is not. Residents must park in the garage, not in the driveway, no street parking, no boats, rvs, atvs, motorcycles outside (there is a fenced lot with 24 hour security provided). If we actually were a part of the community and not gone most of the time, I might feel differently. But having the rules does keep a lot of negative stuff from happening to properties-noone could park in our drive while we were gone and rob us. Restricted communities are not for everyone (probably not for most) but obviously there is a need for some, and there are never any arguments when we winter about what a nosy neighbor does not like.
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I guess I could see how a converted rig might bother some people, but something as clean and as nice looking as that I do not understand.

I find the converted rigs interesting. Looked at a few bus types myself until I found out some places don't allow bus rigs. My friend Dustin is lucky he lives on an acreage because he's in the process of making one of his 6x6 military cargo trucks into a converted motor home for his family of 3. My neighborhood would hate that. He collects those trucks-has 5 of them. Can't wait to help with the build.
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Any pictures of the inside of the converted ambulance?



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Thanks for the pictures of the ambulance conversion. I'm a volunteer EMT and I think that is just cool.
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I agree with an earlier poster. When every house looks the same it's just bland.

Our sub-divison of 9 homes has all the positive items noted in these threads; manicured lawns, well kept homes, cars are kept in garages, unless there is a dinner party of some sort you will never find a car parked on the street or in a driveway. No one makes us do it and no laws against it we just like to keep the place looking nice.

We have zoning laws but I suspect most cities do. I had to meet with the zoning board to add the addition on to my garage. THey review the plans for placement relative to plot lines and various restrictions on size depending on whether or not it's attached to the house. Our pool house detached could not be more than 1.5 stories the garage since it's attached can be 2.5 stories (matches the house).

No HOA fees or boards that tell me I can't keep my things at my house, just common sense to treat your neighbors with respect.
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