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Do Members of the HOA Get Along? No one wants to be fighting with their neighbors, but disagreements can get particularly nasty in a neighborhood governed by an HOA. After all, it’s not just a she-said, he-said situation, but there are actual rules and regulations homeowners must follow, with there being financial consequences for not complying.
The best way to tell if the association members are cooperating is to read the association meeting minutes. Buried in with accounts of hiring a tree removal service or picking a paint color for the clubhouse will be the details of all disagreements, complaints, and much more to give a good idea of how well everyone gets along.
Also, new residents can join the association and bring new issues. The meeting minutes will present a standard of discourse that’s both common and is in addition tolerated. If reading them makes you shake your head and cringe, you might not want to become neighbors with the people in the association.
There are cons and pros to many aspects of homeownership. One being an HOA. Moving into your dream home may require compromising on joining an HOA. Still, if you perform due diligence before making an offer, you can minimize the negatives and maximize the positives.