Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Decision all about personal preferences

By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.

Purchasing a home is a big decision. Homeowners must choose not only a place that's affordable and in good condition but also select the right location.

The announcement of the plan for a new housing addition in Victoria has sparked a discussion about one particular aspect of owning a home - choosing to buy a home inside a neighborhood with a homeowner's association.

As the Advocate examined in a recent pro/con article, there are good and bad sides to homeowner's associations. On one side, associations hold homeowners up to a certain standard that helps protect property values and encourages everyone to take care of their property. On the other hand, some homeowners do not want to be told what they can or can't do with their own property.

The one thing this discussion about homeowners associations has reminded us of is how grateful we are that in America, especially in Texas, home buyers have the right to choose where they want to live. This whole topic boils down to personal preference and residents making the right choice for themselves and their families.

Thankfully, Victoria is a town that offers a variety of options to residents. There are a few homeowners associations in Victoria, and each one has its own range of rules and enforcement. If a homeowner wants to be part of an association, he or she can look into which association's rules best fit his or her needs. If the homeowner does not want to live in an area with an association, he or she has the right to purchase a home elsewhere.

The important thing for anyone to remember when buying a home is to always do your research. A house is a huge investment that most people can't do again quickly. Once the purchase has been made, there's typically no going back. Buyers must do their research not only on the property but also the surrounding neighborhoods. A good real estate agent is usually able to inform prospective buyers about a home's neighborhood and any associations before any decision is made.

When it comes to homeowners associations, there is no right or wrong answer. It all boils down to personal preference, and we are glad residents have that option. As Victoria continues to grow, we are glad to know residents will continue to have the opportunity to live either within an area with an association or without one.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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