Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R’s)

As a Realtor® I follow rules so I can see the value of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R)  initiated by a homeowners association, builder or developer.  As the document that dictates how the association operates, and the rules owners must obey, the single-minded conformity makes sense to me.  When properly enforced they can help a neighborhood or community from becoming run down and from having unsightly houses or yards.

I make sure every buyer gets a copy of the CC&R before we make an offer so they understand the rules and policies of the prospective subdivision.  I’ve yet to lose a deal by providing a CC&R but realize there’s the possibility it could be a deal breaker for some families.  I prefer to err on the side of caution and let buyers know these important details upfront.

While I believe most people like their neighborhoods to be neat, clean, and tidy, many do not like to be told how/when to cut their grass, whether they can park on the road, have trailers, boats, or RVs in the driveway, paint a particular color, or even have a basketball hoop visible from the road.  To each their own; CC&R neighborhoods aren’t ideal for everybody.

For some buyers, CC&R’s invoke feelings of rebellion so I always recommend we move on to a different area when that occurs.  If the buyer is uncomfortable, their experience will be unsatisfactory, they will not be happy in their new home, and I will potentially lose future/follow-up business.

For those that are orderly, want things in their place, and don’t mind rules, CC&R’s are a blessing.  For others the freedom to do what they want to do on their own property when/how they want to do it has appeal.  I get it…It’s all about choices.  Isn’t it satisfying that as real estate agents we have the opportunity to help people find the home of their dreams…on their own terms?!

About Anita Clark Realtor

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Anita is a residential Real Estate Agent in Warner Robins Georgia, with Coldwell Banker Access Realty (478) 953-8595, aiding buyers and sellers with all their real estate questions on her Warner Robins blog.