The reasons for the creation/existence of a Homeowners Association is often to maintain the common areas within the subdivision which can include everything from walking trails and bike paths to parks, swimming pools and clubhouses. Different amenities/features are more common in different parts of the country.
In addition the "watchdog rules" of the association seek to maintain and uphold the standards designed to preserve and enhance the value of the member properties. Some of the common rules in southeastern Wisconsin when a subdivision is first started...there are size requirements for various architechtural styles...i.e. ranch, 2 story, multi-level. There may be restrictions as to the materials used for the exterior...natural, some natural with siding, dimensional shingles, cedar shake roof (not sooo much anymore). Generally speaking the design and exterior colors have to be approved by either the developer or the architechtural control committee if one has been formed.
Most subdivisions only allow inground pools surrounded by permanent fences and only attached garages. Any outbuildings must meet the approval of the governing body of the association. Many times the rules may be an echo of those already established by the municipality.
There may be rules that involve landscaping and hardscaping. The landscaping may mean a minimum number of trees..the hardscaping may mean only concrete and not asphalt drives and sidewalks.
If the subdivision is new and you are building, a specific lampost and/or mailbox may be a required purchase.
Then there are rules that some potential residents may regard as bad or ugly...here are some examples:
- NO For Sale signs can be displayed on lawns
- NO pets may touch the floor of the common area of a
condominium complex (hoping for no St. Bernards !)- NO excessive use of rose bushes in landscaping
- NO bumper stickers on your own car parked in your
-NO children allowed to play outside
Be sure as a home buyer, you review the covenants of the homeowners association carefully before you build or buy a home. The best surprise is none at all.....If you are looking for realtors who will only surprise you with education and experience for all the best in southeastern Wisconsin real estate...call the Hansons.