Sometimes you swear at them and sometimes you swear by them
Let’s face it, if you are considering purchasing a home in the Phoenix area; whether it be Avondale, Scottsdale, Gilbert, or Gold Canyon, you will have to come to terms about buying a home that is part of a Home Owners Association. When a buyer purchases property that has an HOA, they automatically agree to abide by the governing documents which are the CC&R’s; Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions. While many CC&R’s are typically very boiler plate, it is a good idea to review them and make sure there are no hidden surprises. Even better, talk to your future neighbors and inquire about their experience.
If you are looking to speak out against HOAs, you’ll have plenty of company because at times they do some pretty dumb stuff and deserve the criticism. At the same time, attend any of the regularly scheduled meetings and see how many residents come to participate, offer suggestions and be involved. That number is in the single digits and I’m estimating on the high side. If residents are concerned or upset, they should get involved, contribute, and help shape the neighborhood. I’ve gotten a little upset over a couple of letters I received that I thought were unneccesary, but I also remember being thankful when a neighbor’s mother came to visit for a while in her aged travel trailer that was definitely an eye sore! I’m glad they did the dirty work of letting the neighbhor know that is not allowed. Like I said, sometime you swear at them and sometimes you swear by them. For a more legalistic viewpoint, here’s a link to a website explaining homeowner’s rights.