ARAMM Alert #6 September 13, 2013
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Perhaps you received a post card or read the same message in a recent accusatory, mean-spirited, arrogant, shameful and somewhat desperate sounding email, both sent by “Save Aberdeen.” They asked some questions and pointed some fingers. We thought the questions needed answers and imagined a conversation that went like this…
Save Aberdeen says (and we quote), “They lie when they say homes in Aberdeen aren’t’ selling. They fail to tell you that homes are starting to sell quickly at the selling price and often with multiple offers.”
ARAMM responds (and we quote), “Well, the TRUTH is homes in the east and Bristol Lakes (no mandatory membership) are selling quickly and have multiple offers. In the western communities, the current owners may be in financial difficulty and need money quickly. As for the multiple bids, there are Aberdeen houses being auctioned, offered as short sales or in bank sales. Many homes are offered by survivors whose parents have died. These kids just want to be rid of the house, don’t care how much they get for it and certainly have no desire to be trapped for life in the country club. Yep, in the western communities, these are the homes, with very low prices, that sell.
Save Aberdeen says (and we quote), “They lie when they say community membership (is this the same as mandatory membership?) depresses home prices. They fail tell you that Aberdeen enjoyed the same huge price gains as the rest of Florida during the housing boom.”
ARAMM responds (and we quote), “Oh, come on! The TRUTH is that the BOOM ended 61/2 years ago and isn’t it true that ABERDEEN suffered the same HUGE PRICE DROPS as the rest of Florida. Now that prices are recovering, Mandatory membership keeps the number of homes on the market low and increases the number of homes for rent, as Aberdeen becomes a rental community. It also reduces the number of potential buyers for the homes that are for sale. It also increases the number of days on market all of which lead to price reduction.
Save Aberdeen says (and we quote), “They tell you that homes in communities like the Valencia communities of Pointe Vecchio increased in value more than Aberdeen homes. They fail to tell you that these communities do offer many amenities to their residents, such as clubhouses, fitness centers, pools and tennis courts but they pay substantially more in POA/HOA fees than Aberdeen residents do.”
ARAMM responds (and we quote), “Serious misuse of the word substantial. The TRUTH is HOA dues in non-golf communities are very comparable to most Aberdeen communities’ maintenance fees. We asked neighbors in Valencia Shores who told us they pay less than $100 more than the average Aberdeen resident; however, their fees include not only cable TV but also land line phone, Internet, and an alarm system as well as all the things we get. All that and NO CLUB DUES, which, by the way, have risen from $2,336.00 per year to $7,525.00, a 222% increase during the mandatory membership years! Add in the club dues and fees to Aberdeen’s HOA fees and the difference in Aberdeen is truly SUBSTANTIAL!
Save Aberdeen says (and we quote), “They tell you that you live in a beautiful community and it well be so even if the club alters, they fail to tell you that the community will not be the same.”
ARAMM responds (and we quote), “Seriously now, we all know the TRUTH here is that the POA and your community’s HOA pay for the up keep of our neighborhoods! This will not change. It’s only the club that will change, having to operate like a business, control their expenses, create new revenue streams, pay reasonable salaries, and change their arrogant attitude. Once mandatory membership is defeated and the club board of directors is replaced, which will happen, the changes will be positive and the club will survive and prosper