Overcome homeowners association fears

Mood of the Market
Published on Jun 21, 2010

Get Inman via Facebook Messenger
Our top headlines delivered once a day.
by CareyBot

Perhaps Robert Frost, in his poem "Mending Walls," said it best: "Good fences make good neighbors." So what happens where there are no fences whatsoever or a wall is even -- gasp -- shared?!

Such is the neighborly setup involved in many condo complexes, co-op situations, and other common living situations involving homeowners associations (HOAs). Think about it: the words "homeowners association" imply a connotation of neighborly solidarity, that instead of simply sharing walls, the members of the group would share alliances and allegiances. Their interests -- in their largest, shared asset and the mundane details of their daily living situation -- from garbage to pet poop -- are aligned. Fellow HOA members would, in a perfect world