In my opinion, the main focus of every association is to protect the investment of each individual Port Orange homeowner. Now, there are a few association members in the area that take their roles in the association a little too far, but the majority are handled very professionally. The first thing a buyer should do is contact the neighborhood president or manager. He or she should be available by phone. Don't hesitate to call him/her and ask any specific questions about the neighborhood and the governing rules.
Some Popular Port Orange homeowners restrictions include:
- Pet Restrictions - The association may limit the size, type, and number of pets per household in the community.
- They may not allow clotheslines.
- Restrictions on flags are possible.
- Fences will have a height limit, and there may be restrictions on the type of fence too.
- Commercial vehicles are usually not allowed to be parked on the driveway.
- Home businesses may not be allowed.
- Some don't allow the garage door to be left open
- Many do not allow boats to be parked in the front yard or on the driveway.
The most important step is to read the association documents. The package may be lengthy, but it is worth your time. I would also suggest talking with a few residents in the neighborood to see how they feel about the association.
Don't worry, there are many homes available in Port Orange that allow more flexibility. Contact Kevin for a list of Port Orange homes with or without neighborhood associations.