Are We Still Celebrating Christmas in Mid-January?

Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc

Christmas was a blast! The food, the celebrations, the decorations...but it's over.

Deflated Santa hanging off a house


When you decorate for the holidays, it's easy to go a little overboard. I get it! When our children were young, we filled the house with miniature lighted villages and fresh garland on the piano and staircase. Outside, white lights lined our garden and two huge wreaths hung on the front of the house. 

One year, when Marshall wasn't able to take the lights out of a tree, so we had white lights in our tree until Valentine's Day. We are far from perfect when it comes to taking down holiday decorations in a timely fashion. However, this Santa has been hanging on this house for weeks. If you cannot tell, it's next to the front door.

How do you walk past this every day and not yank it off the roof?

This is an example of why you may want to consider moving into a neighborhood that has an HOA. Some HOA's restrict the colors homeowners can choose to paint their homes. They may also have restrictions regarding what trees you can plant and where you can grow your garden. These regulations may seem to be too intrusive for some people and they opt to search for a home that is not in an HOA. 

If you are not buying a home in an HOA, your neighbors can do lots of things that you might find annoying. This is one example but others include;

  • leaving icicle Christmas lights hanging from the house all year long 
  • parking cars on the grass or in the front yard (Montgomery County Maryland has laws prohibiting this practice)
  • planting vegetable gardens in the front yard with fencing
  • cars up on blocks and/or cars without tags in the driveway
  • excessive yard and house decorations including painted tires lining the driveway, yard swag with trolls, gnomes & other decorative yard ornaments

Questions about buying a home and the pros and cons of HOA's?


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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 



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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

And there's the reason I won't live except in an HOA community! 

Jan 15, 2018 04:49 AM #1
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Smart decision Nina Hollander Thank you for stopping by our blog. Have a great week!

Jan 15, 2018 04:57 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Perhaps someone should knock on the door.  Maybe someone is dead inside! Several years ago, I learned of a case like that.

Jan 15, 2018 06:32 AM #3
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Wow, I hadn't thought of that Myrl Jeffcoat but it could be possible. I'll drive by and see if the cars in the driveway have moved and take it from there. 

Have a wonderful week!

Jan 15, 2018 07:05 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Victoria and Marshall- we're lucky to live in a community that takes pride in the appearance of the neighborhood and if someone isn't keeping up with everything, someone hops on it right away. Therein lies the value of an HOA. 

Jan 20, 2018 10:34 AM #5
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