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Home owner - git the hell offa my propity. 93 66.43%
Home owner with HOA - that toilet in your yard is NOT a HOA approved planter 23 16.43%
Condo owner, no HOA - we'll all band together to patch the roof when it starts leaking. 2 1.43%
Condo owner with HOA - screw that, I want a clean pool and a non-leaking roof. 8 5.71%
I rent. No hassle, no maintenance, no long term commitment. 10 7.14%
Commune dweller. Colleen Sunflower and Starshine are cooking this phase of the moon. 0 0%
RV dweller. 1 0.71%
Jeremiah Johnson is my neighbor - git the hell offa my mountain range. 3 2.14%
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:23 AM   #41
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We live in a development with an HOA, the covenants for which I read very carefully before signing. That seems to be the issue - the ones complaining never read the covenants or think they don't apply to them.

I had mixed thoughts about it, but then I've never wanted to paint my house purple with orange stripes either. So far the HOA has been reasonable, the only ones complaining about it are the ones trying to conjure up some reason why the rules don't/shouldn't apply to them. Sorry, I don't feel any sympathy for them.

And in our old neighborhood, there was the guy two blocks away with a 10 foot jon boat in the front yard with small trees growing in it. With an HOA one doesn't see that.

I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:24 AM   #42
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My parents bought this house in 1957 and we bought it from them in 1977 so I am that rarest of DC area types, a person who lives in the house he grew up in. No HOA but my parent's deed was so old it was racist (no "negro except a domestic servant")
We are the senior family on the block in terms of ownership, since the neighbors on both sides date from the early 60s. Big change here are Mc Mansions. An 8400 square foot lot costs about $700,000. Every house sold on the block in the last 10 years has been torn down and replaced with a 1.2 million plus McMansion. We are a little more "old style" since we did a second story "push up" in 1987. Since then it has been bigger, Bigger, BIGGER. The latest one we call the Best Western hotel.

The only real restrictions are the zoning regulations from the 1940s. No Horses or pigs or derelict cars. Citizens association is active and uses friendly persuasion to prevent planting of invasive species.
Nice mix of kids and retired. Used to be a block of teachers and government workers, now it's more lawyers. My wife was the first physician on the block, now we have seven.

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Old 09-06-2010, 08:31 AM   #43
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I selected "Renter", although our situation is a bit unusual. My workplace is considered "remote" in that it is about 30 miles from a sizeable town. My company offers on-site housing for nearly free to employees who don't mind living in the boonies and can live without city amenities just down the street. This nice perk is certainly going to make it harder to pull the plug on w*rk. Leave the job, lose the house.

For housing after retirement, we're leaning toward a small condo as a home base combined with a substantial amount of RV living as we indulge our travel habit. We'll probably just rent a condo initially.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:25 AM   #44
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To paraphrase Jerry Reed, I've got a home that's mine alone, that me and the finance company own...

No HOA, but thankfully most of the subdivision residents keep their places in good repair, and lawns mowed, etc. The city will enforce zoning standards, such as tall grass/weeds, or junk sitting around.
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I live in a small old house on the edge of a small city in Ohio. No HOA, but the city does enforce certain standards (which I have occasionally fallen below).

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