Can I buy my Llama a drink in my new home?

Real Estate Agent with Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 DRE #01423125

Most of the time when you buy a property, especially one in a subdivision there are restrictions on how you can use that property. When you buy your new home you will receive a document known as the Covenants Conditions and Restrictions.  Most people call them the CC&R's.

This is not the same as a Homeowners Association (HOA).  The CC&R is set up by the local jurisdiction, either city or county usually when land is subdivided.  They will spell out just what you can and can't do with the property.

The CC&R's will spell out what type of businesses can be operated from your home. (Hint: no night clubs or places where intoxicating beverages are sold.) That was actually in the CC&R's in my last sale.  You may not be able to park your work Llamavehicle in front of your new home either. Motor homes and Recreational Vehicles might be an issue too. Don't even think about putting up a sign in front of your house in most neighborhoods, unless it's my sign when you want to sell.

It will also let you know what kind of animals are ok to have.  So you better check to see if your llama is welcome in the neighborhood.  Most CC&R's are ok with your typical house pets like cats and dogs.  Some neighborhoods with larger lots may even be ok with a horse or even your llama.

There may also be easements on your property for local utilities for access to gas lines, water lines, cable TV, etc.  This is something to look into if you are thinking about re-doing the landscaping after you move in.  You don't want to plant some expensive trees only to find out later that the local gas company will have to tear them out to access the gas lines.

Overall CC&R's are meant to keep your new neighborhood from changing drastically from what you thought it was when you bought your new home.  After all you don't want to move in and six months later have to deal with loud drunken llamas every night. 

But seriously most Covenants Conditions and Restrictions are not that onerous and overall are a good thing for you and your neighbors.  Every jurisdiction is different and you may not even have any CC&R's.   Just be sure to read the document before you buy your new home!

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Jim Patton - Realtor, SFR

Aspire Home Real Estate

BRE# 01423125

Ph. 209-404-0816



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The author of this blog, Jim Patton, is a full time Realtor with Aspire Home Real Estate.  Jim is a Central California Short Sale Specialist who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. Call Jim Patton at 209-404-0816.

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Comments (6)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good evening Jim,

What an eye catching title you came up with.  We have ostriches and llama ranches in Santa Barbara county!  Wishing you a great weekend. A

Sep 24, 2021 07:28 PM
Jim Patton

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  We have a few Ostrich and Llama ranches around here too.

Sep 24, 2021 09:24 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Interesting post! Here in NC there are local government restrictions for sure! We are primarily a vacation, retirement home area. Most regulations we see are from an HOA, 

Sep 25, 2021 12:27 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Tom Bailey we have HOA's in some neighborhoods in my neck of the woods too.  That's a whole different post.

Sep 25, 2021 01:23 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, great post, and love your humor.   Not many areas in our city will allow these animals.

Sep 25, 2021 06:45 AM
Jim Patton

Hi Joan Cox we have a few subdivisions in the area that are actually 1 or 2 acre lots that will allow a horse or a llama but they are in more rural areas. Thank you for the compliment.

Sep 25, 2021 01:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

You make an excellent point, Jim. Buyers can't assume anything when they are buying.  The CC&R's are meant to keep the integrity of the neighborhood and that benefits every homeowner. 

Sep 25, 2021 05:12 PM
Jim Patton

Very well put Kathy Streib.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 25, 2021 07:13 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Sep 26, 2021 11:47 AM
Jim Patton

Thanks Roy Kelley , you have a great Sunday!

Sep 26, 2021 01:02 PM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Jim Patton You explained this so well, I learned something! I always say "covenants", as shorthand!  Fun post, and teaching!

Oct 01, 2021 03:53 PM
Jim Patton

Thank you Wendy Rulnick, I'm glad you enjoyed my post.  Thanks for stopping by.

Oct 01, 2021 05:04 PM