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General Area in Cottage Grove : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Sep 20, 2012
formerHO answered:
William, brace yourself.
The Pine Arbor HOA is managed by the worst company I have ever dealt with.

I was a homeowner in Pine Arbor for 4 years when I had to move out of state to get a job and loose my home. When I explained the hardship situation of our family and told them about the foreclosure, they had poor customer service and lack of courtesy, did not want to help out with payment arrangements for the association dues while the house was empty. Needless to say, they turned my account to collection every 3 months for over 18 months, incurring in additional legal fees, late fees and filing fees, every time.
Not only that, you don't get your $150 worth of services per month, specially in winter, when they will come past 10 am to shovel your driveway and streets, by the time you had already to dig your self out to go to work 3 hours earlier.
The only and small of the smallest playground was neglected, equipment in poor condition, but as they said "still working", bottles and beer cans, and dog waste. The sidewalks, playground area with garbage and dog waste.
But, they were really on the ball harassing residents with threat letters for leaving your trash can in your driveway one day pass the garbage collection day.
At the end of the year, you receive a accounting statement so you can see how the spend the HOA dues... I was always amazed how many people they said did not pay the fees, the amount of legal fees and other expenses... I wish I had requested an auditory when I was there.
I went to one HO meeting once, I was not comfortable there, something felt wrong, I felt bad for the residents that volunteered at the HOA for board of directors, wondering how many of them actually believed that this company truly was up to some good.
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