I’ve heard lately of a number of older Homeowner Associations (HOA’s) voting to reduce or limit for the first time, the number of homes in a community that can be offered for rental. The impetus behind this movement is to stave off the slide of home values perceived by having rental properties in the neighborhood. However, I have personal experience with a client where this has had an unintended consequence.
In my client’s community, she needed to sell her home, but owned more on the property than the market would bring. She got on the waiting list to rent her home, because there were already too many rented in the neighborhood as per the local covenants. While she was “waiting”, she purchased another home and moved because of a job change and marriage. After being unable to sell the home (because of market) or rent the home (because of HOA rules), she just chose to let the home go back to the bank. Of course, the foreclosed property hurt local values much more than a rented property. So, that could be the double-edged result of being “smart” about rental limits. Choose carefully, HOA boards. If you need some expert advice, I’m always available to give you the local numbers.
I was curious about the top selling mid-range communities in Forsyth County, so I ran a search in FMLS for subdivisions in Cumming, Georgia with home sales during the 2011 calendar year, having 4+ bedrooms and selling between $200,000 and $400,000. Here’s the top 5 (with ties):
1) Windermere – 15 Sales
2) Fieldstone (all sections) – 13 Sales
3) Polo Golf & Country Club (all sections) – 11 Sales
3) Thorngate – 11 Sales
4) Evans Farm – 10 Sales
5) Green Summers – 9 Sales
5) Jamestown – 9 Sales
Each of these communities had foreclosures and short sales as part of the volume.
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From the ages of 7 to 18, I worked in our family plumbing & electrical supplies store. During that time, I saw lots of DIY (Do It Yourselfers) come in needing help with some issue. With leaky faucets, especially these days, a full replacement just isn’t necessary. Usually, the problem is one of the following or a combination: O-ring(s), seat, spring(s) or a stem. Find the model of your faucet, at the very least get the manufacturer. Turn the water off and remove the innards of the faucet. You might want to consult Google or Youtube for a video on taking it apart. You’d be surprised how many are available. Then, take the innards to your local hardware or plumbing store and ask someone for help. Since you already have it apart, I would replace as much inside as possible. Trying to assemble / disassemble & test to see what’s the problem just isn’t worth the time, and you may be causing more damage tan necessary. If there’s a complete repair kit, buy that and install it. One little tip, a little white grease never hurts around O-rings. Ask the store employee first, though. Yes, you may have a little grease coming out of the faucet when you first use it, but it can do wonders to make things work smoothly and seal things up.
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