It really boils down to 2 words and they are NO ZONING. When we moved here in 1997 and I was in real estate school I almost fell off my chair when I found out that Houston did not have zoning. It is especially apparent when you live in either unincorporated Harris County or unincorporated Montgomery County. If you are not in an area that has some deed restrictions it is a total free for all. Those subdivisions without restrictions have mobile homes, businesses, salvage yards, farm animals etc. You get the point!
Since we don’t have zoning something that has naturally happened are subdivisions with all levels of restrictions. I have seen subdivisions with deed restrictions that don’t have a yearly fee all the way to subdivisions with yearly fees of up to $1500. The beauty of our area is that you can find everything in between.
Personally I think it is a good idea to buy in a deed restricted area. My husband had a co-worker that bought in an unincorporated area when we first moved here. At the time his co-worker bought his house the house next door was a nice house so he thought he was safe. That house sold and the new buyer decided to open a salvage yard. His co-workers equity just went down the tube when that salvage yard opened.
I have written several post that relates to this subject; for additional information please visit them at:
- Why you need to live in an HOA!
- The Vegetable Patch; no deed restrictions in Spring TX!
- Municipal Utility Districts in Harris & Montgomery Counties
- Why buy in a Homeowner’s Association if you live in Northwest Harris & Montgomery Counties
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