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What to Look for in Buying a PUD Part (3)

But when new people were voted into the homeowners association, things began to change. New, more restrictive rules were passed by the new administration: RVs were now prohibited from being parked next to houses. Christmas decorations on the exterior of a home had to be taken down no later than two weeks after the holiday.

Owners had to cut their grass twice a week. These rules were an attempt by the HOA board to maintain the image and value of their community, but Loren and Dora had a small motor home that they had parked next to their unit on a concrete pad. Since they were one of the first to buy into the complex, adding the RV pad at that time didn’t pose a problem.

But now the rules had changed and they were given notice by the association that their RV and the pad had to go. Also, the association’s enthusiasm for the new rules grew some more, and soon maintenance personnel were instructed to knock on doors or leave notes on those who were slow to comply with the new rules. For most of the homeowners, these changes weren’t a big deal, but for Loren and Dora, the restrictions and their deteriorating relationship with the association were too much and they decided to sell.

It wasn’t long before they found a buyer, and they ended up making a good profit, which, ironically, was due in part to the association’s working hard to maintain the community’s image as a quality place to live. Lesson learned here is that it’s important to stay active in the HOA and realize that changes (often for the better) are going to happen in condo and PUD communities—more so than in single family neighborhoods— as people move in with new ideas.

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