It is a common misconception that HOAs can prohibit or eliminate the placement of satellite dish....they can not http://www.ccfj.net/FCClaw.htm
Many states are now outlawing HOA's refusal to allow owners to rent their units. CA has passed a law that goes into effect Jan 1 and more states are following their lead.
For first time homebuyers and also move up buyers into more expensive homes or planned communities
You Need To Pay Attention To The Details Of Homeowners Association Rules.
A REALTOR can arrange the paperwork to get these covenants and restrictions in your hand prior to finalizing your purchase. The details are important cause you need to know the annual fee which may be $150 per year to $3,000 per year and beyond. In some cases just to water flowers at the entry. What is prohibited? Ham radio antennas, mobile homes, pick up trucks in the driveway, specifying the length of your grass, types of shingles, placement of a satellite dish antenna, size house minimum and maximum for neighborhood, and the architectural review board information in case you want to add an eight foot fence.
Many states have teeth in HOA power where violations or not paying your dues they can take away your house. Scary stuff. Pay attention or the details of the rules of the game with HOA's will kill you !!!