Best of Luck,
Your HOA is a voluntary association that you joined by buying a unit there, and whenever you join a group of any kind, you agree to abide by their rules - which are always a narrowing of your otherwise legal rights.
The reason HOAs don't like "For Sale" signs is because they can clutter the place. If you've got 140 units, people move every seven years, that's potentially 20 signs a year, maybe five or ten at a time, it looks like the place is having a fire sale.
What your HOA should strongly consider doing is getting one sign that reads, "Unit For Sale - Contact Your Broker" and putting it out whenever there's a unit for sale.
All the best,
Choosing to have more government is like choosing to to have an extra mother-in-law.
Best to purchase a device to infiltrate neighboring air space and project hologram touting your condo.
The documents can keep you from posting 'Welcome Home Soldier!' You can be sure there will be community volunteer agar to enforce the rules with the very money you sent to them. "We can't make exceptions!" they parrot. Some communities profit 'Soccer Mom Clubs' because if you watch kids other than your own....well, that could be prohibited.
One esteemed association ran into the wrong resident when they tried to impose a maximum occupancy rule. A 3 bedroom house should only have max, four people. The six children of this family, the association thought, were NOT protected by the Equal Housing Laws of this country. They were clearly WRONG, but how long have they gotten away with it? How many families did they intimidate?
Such communities of like mined folk, do not look kindly on those wearing strips in their reticulated kingdom.
Sounds as if the best solution for your specific problem is to get a real estate professional on the job. They have other resources for marketing a home in addition to a possible sign.
Questions to ponder: Has someone else been allowed to hang a sign in the past? Is there any room for negotiation or compromise?
Ultimately, is it worth the stress of a fight over a method that may not even get you the results you are looking for? I agree with my fellow brokers that interviewing a few agents, you may find that there are alternatives that may be more suitable to your circumstances.
Wendy Calvert, J.D.
the association docs with all their rules and regulations, assuming that you are the owner of the unit.
And yes they can have certain rules of what you can or cannot do when advertising your unit....
They can say no signs outside, they can say no signs in the windows and they can say only a certain size of signs and only outside, they can say no lock boxes to allow easier access for showings of the
unit to other Realtors etc. etc.
It really depends on what their docs of rules say!
And there are often rules of the cities and towns themselves with restrictions to signs where and
Double check the association rules on sale signs or for rent signs...
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