I just recently had a conversation with a relative of a new homeowner in a 55+ community with front yard restrictions regarding why her grandmother was notified that she had to remove numerous garden flags and other items...Her response to me was 'I don't see what harm a little color adds to the property'...My response to her was 'what if everyone did it?'...She couldn't come up with a reply that didn't violate the restrictions her grandmother verified she read and understood at settlement...Case closed.
Why Neighborhood Covenants and Restrictions Matter
Recently I was speaking with a past client about possibly selling her home. She stated that she used to love her neighborhood but recently she had been noticing messy yards, mostly from rental properties in the area along with other annoyances. She was considering moving to an area with an HOA but was hesitant because of the many rules and regulations.
Then, one day we were out looking at possible neighborhoods and homes that she could both downsize and age into. As we were driving away from her current neighborhood, she asked me to drive by a certain house and ask my opinion.
As we approached the street, it wasn't hard for me to know which property she was referring to. Someone had painted their entire home green. I have nothing against the color green, but this...this is possibly the worst color green for a home or anything outside of the color of artificial turf that I have ever seen.
She asked about the CCR's and whether or not I thought that color was allowed. I explained that I thought it was highly unlikely that this home owner looked at the CCR's or bothered to find out whether or not this color would be acceptable. Rather, I assume they simply picked a color that can be seen from space and called it a day.
When we returned to her house, I explained how CCR's and HOA's are sometimes a very good thing. Yes, some of the rules and regs can get a little cumbersome for some people but the bright green house a couple of streets over is a perfect example of how neighborhood covenants and restrictions DO matter.
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