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There are some obvious signs identifying homes that are in HOA's while scouting out neighborhoods on your own. The homogeneity of homes in newer neighborhoods can be a sign an HOA is in place. Monuments with a name of the subdivision, landscaped medians, swimming pools and parks are all signs that particular subdivision is in an HOA.
Some older subdivisions appear to be in an HOA, but may possibly be pride of home ownership and an active community neighborhood watch program. There is an older subdivision in South Austin, not in an HOA, that gives out periodic awards for best landscaped yard.
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Bruce Lewis, Realtor, GRI
"Your Angel in Real Estate"
Stanberry & Associates
I would ask your local Realtor, or your Buyers Agent if you have one. It is easy to check for this in the MLS. Also some HOA's are more restrictive than others. If I were you, I would start checking out the HOA's of the neighborhoods that were appealing and see if the HOA is something you can live with. Remember that older neighborhoods built before 1990 are less likely to have an HOA. this may help you to find neighborhoods without one. Please give me a call if I may be of further assistance.
Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E.
Austin Home Girls Realty
1601 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703
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