I realize that you may have already purchased by now, but this message is for anyone else reading this thread. I wish that I had done what you are trying to do. I recently purchased a home in Las Vegas (July 2012), and my experience with the HOA has been horrible. Do not listen to the few realtors below who have indicated that the purpose of the HOA is merely to maintain common areas and ensure that properties are kept up to standard. Their interest is NOT in maintaining home values, but in assessing as many fees as possible to rake in the money. I inherited an apparent violation when I purchased my home (an "illegally installed" satellite dish). (My neighbors all have similarly installed dishes, so I thought nothing of it when purchasing my home.) Immediately upon being notified of the problem, I called the HOA for clarification (the notification letter was very vague about the issue), then had the dish removed. A month later, I received another notice. The HOA had failed to tell me that another exterior cable on the house also was "improperly installed" (a few of the many dozen clips that held it in place had broken off, but it was still mostly attached). They considered this part of the same "violation" even though it is a separate cable and had not been mentioned when I called for clarification after the first letter. Again, the HOA's letter was unclear. I responded in writing requesting further clarification and stating that within two weeks or receiving it I would rectify the problem. No response. Finally I called the HOA, got the information, and remedied the "issue" right away. (I had the entire cable removed as I was worried that if I affixed it, the HOA would indicate that the clips I used were wrong or the distance between clips was too large or too small.) I was told that there would be no fines or charges if I dealt with the problem in the time frame to which I had committed. AFTER fixing the problem, I was sent a certified letter that I would be dealt with at a hearing! I explained that the problem was fixed and that I wanted to stop receiving harassing letters and did not want to be fined or charged. I took pictures of the fix and sent them in -- I asked how I could prove that the problem was resolved and the HOA said I could send photos. Now the HOA is saying that photos cannot be used as proof (mine was date stamped and showed the address clearly in the photo) because they can be falsified (photoshopping over the address??? come on!!) -- and if the HOA doesn't have the time to check that the problem has been fixed before sending out certified letters, too bad, even if the resident is operating within a stated time frame! The animosity that my HOA point of contact feels for the residents is evident in even a brief conversation -- and homeowners who actually address issues promptly are considered in the same light as repeated violators. My HOA point of contact said that he doesn't trust any homeowner who says that they're going to fix a problem -- even when a homeowner like me show that we have fixed the problem, our evidence is then questioned. Geez! I want to sell as soon as I can and leave the area altogether. I am working on changing jobs, and will be very eager to sell once I get that taken care of. I had thought that the Vegas market and prices would make this home purchase opportunity too good to pass up. Was I wrong! Instead of trying to preserve home values these HOAs are driving out responsible owners like me. My friends in Vegas have had similar experiences. Follow your instincts and stay away from Vegas HOAs if you have any choice.