New resource center monitors Colorado's HOAs

By: Cecile Juliette Email
By: Cecile Juliette Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - As of Tuesday, March 1st, all Homeowner's Associations with the state of Colorado must have registered with the Colorado Division of Real Estate.

The goal is to have documentation of all HOAs, in order to keep them informed of changing laws, and to provide information on the rights of homeowners.

Calvin Hofer is the president of the HOA at Spanish Trails in Grand Junction. He says as president, he has several duties, including calling meetings, and keeping his residents informed of rules in the neighborhood. He also keeps an eye on the budget, though he doesn't handle any money.

Hofer says the monthly dues at Spanish Trails add up to $35 a month. That includes just under $18 for lawn maintenance, $9 to pay the management company, which collects the monthly fees, and the rest for insurance and emergencies, like fixing infastructure.

He says, "If the sidewalk cracks, or there's a water main break, we need to have money budgeted for that."

Hofer says it's up the residents of each neighborhood to educate themselves on covenants, conditions, and restrictions before they buy a home. That way, if they think the monthly fees are too high, or the money isn't spent wisely, they can make the decision not to move in to the neighborhood.

He also adds that change is possible. He says, "If they don't like what the HOA is doing, then the next step is to get on the board and affect some positive change.

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  • by EZ Location: Grand Junction on Mar 5, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    I agree with TB. People who have an attitude that "no one is going to tell me what to do" should not live in a subdivision with CCR's. They should live in a subdivison or on property where they only have to think of themselves, their rights and aren't made to consider the needs of their community. "No one is going to tell me what to do" is their mantra, not realizing that a junk car in their driveway effects the entire subdivision (and speaks about them as well). Doesn't matter, they don't care because it is their right. As TB said, this is why HOA's and CCR's exist--to protect people and their biggest investemnt of their life (their house) from people who simply don't care. That's the great thing about this country, you are free to choose where you live, but if you live in a subdivision with CCR's, then you have choosen to follow them. It's pretty simple---even for simple minded people.
  • by Nun Location: Grand Junction on Mar 3, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    comments by TB and Eric demonstrate exactly what szabla expresses. I would never buy property in a subdivision with an HOA. I don't need or want nosy neighbors sniffing my butt every time I park my car, mow my lawn, install a satellite dish or put up a political sign.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Mar 3, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    Sorry, Luther. This is The Peoples Republic of Mesa County. They not only feel it is their right, but their obligation to "mess with you" and say what you can do. One need look no further than the drone that flies overhead taking surveillance, the mandatory D.N.A testing, and the general snotty attitude of our so called leaders to realise that this isn't America.
  • by Luther Location: Lex on Mar 2, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    This is America and anyone that wants to own junk cars should be able to do so and keep them on THEIR PROPERTY! Mess with me and I will mess with you!! I hope you home burns you low life American
  • by TB Location: GJ on Mar 2, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    I find that most of the people who bad-mouth HOAs are the same people who keep junk cars in their drives, trash in their yards, don't keep up with their lawns and so on. In other words, these people are the very reason why HOAs exist - to give the neighbors a vehicle for protecting their own property values by policing their own neighborhoods for the things that the city and county have no interest in or resources to tackle. An active and REASONABLE HOA is a good thing for the neighborhood and the city. It steams me when our HOA is attacked by the very people who benefit from its existence and activity. But once again, it is usually only those who violate the covenants THEY agreed to whent hey bought the house who complain about it. We have a nice neighborhood the HOA is 95% of the reason for it staying that way for the last decade. The only real issues we have had have been with renters in non-owner occupied homes. Having an avenue for addressing those has been essential.
  • by Eric Location: Grand Junction on Mar 2, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Mesa County will NOT reconginze any covenents, they allowed a neighbor to convert a garage into an apartment despite it being against subdivision covenents. Another nieghbor has a building permit for an addition that was started over 5 years ago and never finished, again the county does nothing about it. Hell, they encourage it.
  • by szabla Location: gjt on Mar 2, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    HOA are nothing more than places where “control freaks” try to violate the privacy of their neighbors. HOA’s should be banded in Colorado, not just regulated. When I bought my house, I avoided the HOA like the plague they are.
  • by Eric Location: GJ on Mar 2, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    Mesa County does NOT recognize HOA restrictions, any covenants can be ignored and the county doesn't care.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Mar 2, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    Whew! $420 a year. Talk about a fleecing! Wooo-Weee!
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