Joe

Fairfax, VA

#398 Jan 28, 2013
Crazy Fees wrote:
Joe, I dont know what that wall of text was.
Im talking about Piedmont. Im paying $400 a month to walk 300 yards to my car (yes I like to use my garage so dont tell me not to use it).
Also, my combined condo/hoa fees are like almost 1/2 of my mortgage --. Im paying electricity and cable on top of that.
I see how there are posts here for me to see the silver lining. The silver lining of what. I wonder how many other people are considering bankruptcy too.
Did I say you have nothing to complain about? I guess my question is what were your total fees when you closed on your place? If a few hundred bucks a month was tacked on afterwards and you had no prior knowledge than I would definitely agree with your sentiments. But there are other avenues than venting on messageboards or going into bankruptcy. I've never been a fan of the amount of power HOAs are allowed to wield but at least the boards are elected. You can get involved in your community, find out where the money is going, and make improvements if need-be.
Ignorance Above me

Springfield, VA

#399 Feb 7, 2013
"Love my house" Parks of Piedmont isnt the only place where a slew of foreclosures and shortsales have hit. Meadows at morris farms, got his with several shortsales/foreclosures.

Look at ladderbacked, screech owl, sharpshinned. Just because its a single family house doesnt mean the people are better at debt management. I mean people buying for half a million in morris farms then shorting in the low 300s and low 200s (check the sales)

Yes Parks of Piedmont high HOA fees are a problem and maybe they will need to declare bankruptcy, but dont go around offering Meadows at morris farms as free and clear from the muck. it just aint the case.
po man

Woodbridge, VA

#400 Feb 11, 2013
Hmm i live in piedmont condos as a renter and wonder if my landlord is paying the fees. How do i check , hes taking 1750 a month fora 3 bedroom condo. How do i know if mortgage or condo fees are paid
Resident

Gainesville, VA

#401 Apr 10, 2013
Why can I not fish in the ponds? I catch and release for fun.. These ponds are a bass fishers mans dream! I plan to fish there anyways those security guards work for me.
Va Bug

Manassas, VA

#402 Apr 10, 2013
Resident - it is trespassing. I call the non-emergency line when I see trespassers. If you are blantantly ignoring community signage that says not to do something, then I will believe you are a threat to the community. If you have a problem with it, please take it up with the Covenance Committee.

"I plan to fish there anyways those security guards work for me." This is the type of attitude I have found in our community I cannot stand it.
Va Bug

Manassas, VA

#403 Apr 10, 2013
po man wrote:
Hmm i live in piedmont condos as a renter and wonder if my landlord is paying the fees. How do i check , hes taking 1750 a month fora 3 bedroom condo. How do i know if mortgage or condo fees are paid
You can check with Jill in the HOA office, or Jen Darwin with Sequoia who handles the COA. I am not sure what kind of info they can release to you, but that would be the best source.
Pond Redneck

Springfield, VA

#404 Apr 11, 2013
Hey Hillbilly, go to a sanctioned lake or pond to fish. Dont make Parks of Piedmont into some 4-wheeling "buckwild" typy of setting.

Time to get out of the waters, and go fish in a lake. The pond wasnt made for you.

Your probably are not even paying the HOA fees.
FHA finacing

Springfield, VA

#405 Apr 25, 2013
Does anyone know if FHA financing is allowed in the condos yet? I know they were not allowed due to delinquencies.
Superman

Powell, OH

#406 Apr 26, 2013
FHA finacing wrote:
Does anyone know if FHA financing is allowed in the condos yet? I know they were not allowed due to delinquencies.
I looked into this 2 weeks ago and was told no.........not yet.
roger

Burke, VA

#407 May 4, 2013
What's wrong with the delinquencies there?
sam

Herndon, VA

#408 May 12, 2013
Superman wrote:
<quoted text>
I looked into this 2 weeks ago and was told no.........not yet.
How about conventional loans? Any idea? The home prices seem to have gone up.
roger

Burke, VA

#409 May 12, 2013
I checked into this, there are more than one condo association. There were some new ones built, where the builder may have offered conventional or allowed bank financing.

But be careful, my agent told me the other condo association has delinquencies (people are not paying the fee--thread says its total $400) and there was some big lawsuit. Might only be cash deals - be careful you dont dish out 250k or pay too much. The Fed is inflating prices.

The best way to put it was here (agent blog):

http://activerain.com/blogsview/3333491/just-...

On the bright side Chris Cleland may have a referral to Chase if you really like it there. She tells it like it is.
Mike

Haymarket, VA

#410 May 21, 2013
I live in Dominion Valley where there are several ponds and residents are allowed to fish in all of them. Nice to walk down to the pond with the little ones and watch them get excited by catching a sunfish or small bass.
Freaking Fishermen

Springfield, VA

#411 May 23, 2013
Mike, how about you take the Half a million Dollar Dominion Valley Homes (low-end) and like Pied Piper and march all of the little children to the Fishing hole -- and exclaim in unison "Poverty Sucks" Im glad we can live in Dominion Valley where our piss tastes like apple juice and our fish taste like strawberries.

Come one and all into Dominion Valley -- where our passing gas smells like chocolate mousee.

Seriously, Mike please stay in Dominion valley if you want to fish and lets keep the rednecks out of the rest of Parks of Piedmont. DOnt fish in our pond!
Roger

Springfield, VA

#412 Sep 5, 2013
Does anyone have any updates on this community? I noticed home prices increased, so I would assume one can FHA into the development.

Are the fees under control and not more than $400 now?

Is the proportion of renters to owners becoming less renters or - is it still too high?

Thanks
Ralphie

Gainesville, VA

#413 Sep 6, 2013
Things are looking at at Parks at Peidmont - HOA is doing better as the board just bought themselves IPAD's - this must mean that things are on the up and up.
Roger

Springfield, VA

#414 Nov 12, 2013
Have the Condo and HOA fees stabilized or are they above $400 bucks combined?

Somehow property values are increasing so that is some good news.
VA Bug

Manassas, VA

#415 Nov 13, 2013
I know the HOA fees are not going up this year. I haven't received anything from COA yet for next year's fees.

Property values are doing well. I know someone recently that refinanced and it went through without issue as an investment property, so the proportion of renters/owners appears to be ok.
Ralphie

Gainesville, VA

#416 Nov 13, 2013
The COA and HOA fee are just under $400 per month and will be just over $400 per month starting in January.
Tabitha

Burke, VA

#417 Nov 14, 2013
Are there a lot of investors versus homeowners? I heard that affects financing.

I was happy I may have found something under 200,000 or close to it -- but then it seems these fees are a little high according to some of the posters.

I don't understand why these fees are so high out in Gainesville?

Can anyone help -- no bs please

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