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tnaresh, Home Buyer in 94544

I pay $220 towards HOA with no owner benefits, used for Road and street lights in this non-gated community. How can we fight this high fees?

Asked by tnaresh, 94544 Wed Oct 10, 2012

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I am the past president of Bermuda Dunes Security Association with 1339 homeowners and our HOA was responsible for street and median and road sign maintainence, 24/7 security, maintainence and upkeep of 7 gated entries and the camera system for each gate plus two of the gates are manned, the main gate is manned 24/7/365. Our homeowners feel they are getting a steal for $145 per month and this also includes Cable TV with all HBO and all Showtime and all Music Channels.

Pick up a copy of your CC&R's, last years HOA financials and the latest reserve study and let's have lunch. I will give you detailed info on how to fight excessive HOA fees.


R. Zeke Wheeler 760.409.7630
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 12, 2012
You would need to drag the issue into court. You're better off relocating if the HOA fees bother you that much.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 12, 2012
I don't know if you can really fight the fees. What I DO recommend is for you to get actively involved in the HOA. Learn about how the money is being spent and use your influence to cut back when possible.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
@Cindy: Excellent response! TU!
Flag Wed Oct 10, 2012
Your area very likely has no less than 300 real estate professionals who can provide you a solution.

Clearly there IS a benefit to having lighted streets and paved roads. The fees, benefits, responsibilities and even the disclosure that your community has PRIVATE roads were all disclosed BEFORE you purchased this home.

The HOA is your neighbors. They are not some 'mystery group and booted thugs" imposing their will on the weak. They are your neighbors who VOLUNTEER to maintain the conformity of the community to align with the HOA established rules for the benefit of the community. Know the rules, get the appropriate number of supporters and put it to a vote. If the developer is still a player in the community, your chances of success are slim.

Consider moving to a community where you can receive a perceived greater value for your HOA fees. Choosing to stay confirms you DO see value.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group

First Look: http://youtu.be/PumYpkgybXE
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 12, 2012
Hi tnaresh,

If you are really passionate about the "Fees vs. Benefits" of your HOA you probably need to start by getting all of your HOA docs and start reading, going to all of the HOA meetings, and asking questions. That said, before all of this effort you might consider personally asking the HOA meeting Chair (or other members) to sit down and table your concerns. After, you will be any combination of satisfied, confused, angry and/or or more determined than ever to get involved.

You may also find this website to be quite useful regarding research:

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
I recommend you get involved with your HOA . Hopefully they have meetings monthly or quarterly that you can attend. Find out how much money is being kept in reserve and where the money that is being collected is being spent..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 10, 2012
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