The Value of a Homeowners Association
Ever wondered why you have a homeowner’s association?
Your association may be your best tool to protect the value of your home and the
quality of your neighborhood. Community associations do any number of different
things, such as setting and collecting the maintenance fees required and needed
to run an association, maintaining landscaping or recreation centers, and providing
for events or meeting places for neighborhood functions. One of the most important
functions of an association is to enforce deed restrictions and protect the value
of community assets –among those being your home.
If deed restriction violations are not corrected, there can be very negative results
over time. Estimates are that property values in a subdivision with an inactive
association can fall as much as twenty percent due to failure to enforce restrictions.
The association, acting through its board of directors, can control the appearance
of a neighborhood by taking deed restrictions seriously and by vigorously enforcing
any significant infraction oft those restrictions.
Deed restrictions are legally binding covenants, filed with real property records,
which provide for building, maintaining, and using the homes in your neighborhood.
The deed restrictions control how homes look and what can be done to alter them
within the subdivision.
Why do so many homeowners buy their home in a community association?
Purchasers make a decision to buy into a lifestyle and surroundings which include
many things outside the home itself, encompassing everything from the subdivision
entries, the recreation center, to the general condition of all the other homes
in the neighborhood. They purchased with an expectation that their property and
those in their community would be protected by deed restrictions and maintained
to a certain reasonable standard.
What does it take to keep a neighborhood attractive and nice?
The crucial factor is the willingness of the men and women who make up the association’s
board of directors to enforce the rules that have been created. What could
happen if the restrictions are not enforced? An average size community with
100 or more members will invite varying degrees of what constitutes an acceptable
standard of differing views of what is attractive and, without certain deed restrictions,
there is a good chance of the neighborhood looking dramatically different over time
from the way it did when you first bought your home.
What about commercial use of homeowner property within an association
Again, it would be surprising to note how many different viewpoints are out there.
How would you feel about the owner of a portable toilet company keeping it’s toilets
in the side yard between your yard and his, and cleaning them on the driveway next
door? Or, what about a semi tractor-trailor parked right across the street? Or,
people in every other business under the sun operating out of their homes? It all
happens and the way to preserve the lifestyle you thought you were buying into is
to enforce the deed restrictions of the homeowner association.
Without these restrictions, some people would leave garbage in their yards permanently,
never maintain their homes, park cars and boats on the grass in their front yards,
park motor homes in the street for years, leave construction unfinished, and make
every kind of bizarre, structurally unsound remodeling project you can imagine.
These are very real examples of problems faced by many local subdivisions in the
last ten years.
So, what is the value of your homeowner association?
FOREST LAKE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
Florence South Carolina