Homeowners' Associations are Alive and Well!

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Real Estate Agent with Houlihan Lawrence #30RO0980081

When people think of buying a home in the suburbs, not only are they contemplating perhaps a future family, ease of travel to and from the city, but sometimes, they are seeking a sense of community. What better way of encompassing that then to join a Homeowner's Association or perhaps initiating one.

Paine Heights in New Rochelle's estate area has a Paine Heights Association, and Glenwood Lake has the Glenwood Lake Association. They publish a newsletter entitled "The Back Fence." It is an authoritative newsletter, full of good tips, news on how the association has a 'clean-up day' around the lake - all to make it that always desirable community, rich in spirit and energy. It mentions how Greg Varian (President of the New Rochelle Public Library) was a guest speaker at the April 20thmeeting, and how everyone should mark their calendars for the annual block party on June 16th )eat as many hot dogs and yummies as you can for just $5!)... Tax deductible gifts are always welcome.

Glenwood Lake - sounds like a nice place in which to live.... oh, and it is located in New Rochelle, the Queen of the Sound!

Don't forget 29 Muir Place in Glenwood Lake.... just $479,000 and simply charming with three bedrooms, great curbside appeal, wonderful deck with awning and backyard and so much more...

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Paul Lesieur
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I belong to a homeowners association.

At first I thouhjt it was lame, now as an active member I see how a good group can make things better.

I'm sure it can work for the worst also, but for me its been good.

May 04, 2011 09:21 PM #1
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Debbie Gartner
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Sounds like a great assn for you to be involved in.  Maybe you could volunteer to write an article for their newsletter. If they have want a home improvement section, send them my way.  LOL, I wish!

May 04, 2011 09:30 PM #2
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Paul: It just brings a sense of community- -which is rather nice! LOL G

May 04, 2011 09:32 PM #3
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Debbie - Well I happen not to live there.. but a fellow agent who does live there  does write for them.. rats!

May 04, 2011 09:32 PM #4
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Gay sounds like a great way to foster a sense of community and turn a neighborhood into a real community.

May 04, 2011 09:44 PM #5
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

So many people have misconceptions of what an HOA really is. I always tell my clients that without an HOA they have no recourse if their neighbor wants to paint their home day-glo pink or put up a 50 foot radio tower in their backyard. And I like to insure them that Restrictive Covenants should really be called Protective Covenants as they protect you from the things I mentioned above and, more importantly, they protect the value of your home.

May 04, 2011 09:51 PM #6
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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Gay, it is great to hear about a homeowners association that is active, alive and well.  So many of them stagnate and then wonder why no one cares.  Good luck with that one.  If you are the agent of choice in that community, it should keep you busy.

May 04, 2011 10:06 PM #7
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Leah: Made me jealous reading it!

May 04, 2011 10:16 PM #8
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Craig -well this Homeowners Association - and I should have been clearer - is only volutmary not mandatory and is compirsed of home-owners who lives in the area... no-one has to join... and so what they do is merely to keep the area looking nice, and making new friends...

May 04, 2011 10:17 PM #9
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Don: Aalas, I am not... and the agent of choice has an open house day each year for all who live there... shucks.. but it is still very nice. Best, Gay

May 04, 2011 10:18 PM #10
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Peter Michelbach

Gay - what a great idea! years ago in good 'ol Germany' I also joined a vibrant HO association, and #7 Don, reflects upon a good idea. Thank you Gay for the memories and sharing. Best Peter.

May 05, 2011 09:55 AM #11
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Peter - ALas - I live in a different area...fond memories are nice memories! Gay

May 05, 2011 08:08 PM #12
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Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI
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It's nice to hear positive things about a hoa, seems like so often you only hear when people are complaining about them.

May 05, 2011 10:21 PM #13
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Stephanie L. Solano
J. Philip Real Estate LLC Westchester County NY - Pleasantville, NY
Licensed Real Estate Agent

Greg Varian was one of the instructors I had while getting licensed.

May 06, 2011 04:49 PM #14
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Mike-  well it would seem this one works! Best, G

May 06, 2011 07:59 PM #15
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Gay E. Rosen
Houlihan Lawrence - Larchmont, NY
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Hi Stephanie -  that is true-  I have seen his name all over town.. a nice chap!

May 06, 2011 08:00 PM #16
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