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Real estate Q&A: Vacant board seat could cost all owners

Q: We live in a small condominium. We are having a problem with getting anyone interested in filling a seat on the board of directors. Without someone filling that position, we will not have a quorum and will not be

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Eldorado homeowner association board member censured (NM)

The board of directors of the Eldorado Community Improvement Association censured one of its own last week for removing a political sign from private property before the recent state primary election.   Read the article………….

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Courts: Covenants narrowly interpreted (NM)

A ruling by the New Mexico Court of Appeals this spring over homeowners’ rights to keep chickens as pets, despite a community covenant restriction against keeping poultry, has ramifications for property owners, including those in business condominium associations and other

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Eldorado community association accepts pro-chicken ruling (NM)

The chicken fights in Eldorado may be over — unless spats erupt over how to monitor or regulate the egg-layers within the community.  The board of directors of the Eldorado Community Improvement Association gave notice Friday that it will not

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Eldorado (NM) community association accepts pro-chicken ruling

The board of the Eldorado Community Improvement Association gave notice Friday that it will not go to the state Supreme Court to fight an appeals court ruling that the covenants allow backyard pet chickens.  Read the article………..

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HOA battle from hell finally ends

Tired of your homeowners association? Be grateful you haven’t fought the ridiculous battle the Stubbs family did for more than a year.  The Los Lunas family nearly sued their HOA after it demanded they tear down a cabana they built

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Fed up homeowner to sue HOA over backyard cabana nightmare (NM)

Compromise seems to be out of sight for a family that’s fought a homeowners association over demands to tear down a backyard oasis they built for themselves nearly seven years ago.    Read the article………….

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Homeowners group sues over Tres Lagunas Fire (NM)

The Tres Lagunas Homeowners Association is suing the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Inc., claiming negligence on the part of the two entities caused the Tres Lagunas Fire, which destroyed tens of thousands of acres of

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Realtors, HOAs squabble over cost of home sellers’ fees (NM)

Two years ago, the state put in place a law that requires homeowner associations (HOAs) to disclose membership costs and other financials to potential buyers.  Read the article………..

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Valle Escondido seeks water rights to handle growth (NM)

The Valle Escondido Homeowner’s Association hopes to transfer water rights from an acequia up Taos Canyon to be used on wells that serve residents in the subdivision.   Read the article…………

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Family fighting HOA fears worsening battle (NM)

A Los Lunas family should find rest and relaxation inside their backyard cabana, but it’s generating anxiety and animus toward their homeowners association instead.    Read the article………..

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Stay away, judge tells bad neighbor (NM)

There are bad neighbors, and there are neighbors so awful that the folks living nearby are willing to go to court to keep them far away.  David Shaykin falls into the latter category.   Read the article…………

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Rio Rancho (NM) neighborhood using millions of gallons of water

Tami Stein cannot believe how much water her neighborhood uses on the landscaping.  In a year, the water used is enough to fill a swimming pool 130 times and enough to supply 520 homes for all their water needs. Instead,

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Man writes death threats to neighbors from jail (NM)

Neighbors said a condo owner at the Winrock Villas Condominiums in northeast Albuquerque, has vowed to make their lives miserable, even from jail.  When 66-year-old David Shaykin comes around the condos, it’s enough to terrify neighbors.  “He has threatened to

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Man vows to take HOA to court over demolition demands (NM)

There’s more trouble in paradise as a Los Lunas family’s homeowners association insists they tear down part of the oasis they built for themselves on their property years ago.  KOB first questioned the HOA in February after reviewing records that

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Eldorado (NM) woman in chicken fight now targeting owners of ground-based solar arrays

More than three dozen Eldorado households got some surprising, and potentially upsetting, news earlier this year. And it didn’t involve chickens.  They were notified that another resident, Claudia Daigle, wants to add them as defendants in a lawsuit she filed

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New Mexico Legislation re: Transfer Fees

(Scroll to 2nd item)  A bill by Rep. Monica Youngblood to cap what a homeowners association can charge for releasing documents required before a property transfer is moving to the full Senate.  Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, a real estate agent, said she

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Jury awards $12M to family of man killed by stray bullet (NM)

The jury found that Eagle’s Nest Condominium Association, the owner of the condominium complex where Andrae Davis, 31, died on Aug. 17, 2011, and Roger Cox & Associates Property Management, who helped manage the property, were at fault because they

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Large fee surprises New Mexico home sellers, new law hopes to bring change

Don Doran got quite the shock just before he signed the paperwork to sell and move out of his Albuquerque house. He was socked with a $404 fee from his homeowners association and its management company, to transfer a few

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Senate bill (NM) toughens law regulating homeowner associations

When Teri Buhl served on the board of the Rancho Viejo South Homeowners Association, she and another director challenged the board majority on several fronts, including community budgeting and long-term finances.     Read more……….

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HOA blindsides man with order to tear down part of property (NM)

A Los Lunas man built an oasis for himself in his backyard nearly six years ago. His homeowners association approved of it then, but now it’s giving him an ultimatum.         Read more……..

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85-year-old woman battles for promised handicapped space (NM)

June Gondek says she’s too old for this.  But at 85 years of age, she has no plans to back off her battle for a designated handicapped parking space outside her condominium.     Read more…….

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(UPDATE) Homeowners’ association boots residents on city streets (NM)

(The City of Albuquerque sent the Ventana Ranch HOA, through HOAMCO, a cease and desist letter today. The notice means that the city can pursue criminal charges if the homeowners’ association continues to boot on public property).   An Albuquerque

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HOAs struggle to do business after theft (NM)

More than two months after a Rio Rancho real estate company was raided as part of an embezzlement investigation, homeowners associations managed by the business are trying to make ends meet and do business despite missing more than $200,000 and

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HOA managers try to navigate Albuquerque’s (NM) down market

In some ways it’s a built-in business, but that doesn’t mean the competition isn’t tough. Especially in Albuquerque’s still-recovering economy.  And the management companies that oversee the hundreds of homeowners’ associations and condominium owners’ associations in the metro area also

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Realty employee allegedly embezzled $100,000+ from Rio Rancho homeowners association (NM)

For weeks, Rio Rancho police have investigated a business they say embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from property owners and homeowners associations. Meanwhile, associations are dealing with the consequences of reportedly mismanaged funds.     Read more………

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In Eldorado (NM), there are rules about solar

Dear Eldorado residents and anyone who lives in a common-interest subdivision governed by a homeowners association (HOA) with covenants in New Mexico.  There is misinformation going around Eldorado, my HOA, that there is a federal/state law forcing HOAs to allow

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Vandalism spree targets HOA board members (NM)

Los Alamos police said a rash of dead trees, flat tires and overflowing toilets may be connected to a very angry neighbor taking revenge on a homeowners association.       Read more……..

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Double R embezzlement case (NM): Homeowners lost in shuffle

Double R Realty in Rio Rancho shut down this past week, while police investigated an employee who allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now people don’t know where to pay their mortgages, and some aren’t sure if their homes

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Several accounts involved in Double R Realty alleged embezzlement case (NM)

Rio Rancho police served a search warrant at a realty management company on Friday in connection to an alleged embezzlement case.  Detectives say a Double R Realty employee embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from several individuals and businesses, including

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Tibetan Buddhist’s flags OK’d (NM)

A Tibetan Buddhist has won a battle for the right to continue flying religious symbols from the porch of his south Santa Fe home.   Read more……..

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Prayer flags bring hassle for Tibetan in Santa Fe

A Tibetan Buddhist has two small strings of Tibetan prayer flags hanging from the top of the front porch of his south Santa Fe home. When they blow in the wind, he says, they “are used to promote peace, compassion

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A strong sense of community (NM)

The residents, mostly single women, share an outdoor plaza, a large acequia-irrigated vegetable garden and fruit trees, a guest casita and a multipurpose room that is used for homeowners’ association meetings, potluck dinners, yoga classes and more.   Read more………

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Homeowners’ associations face rules changes (NM)

Many New Mexicans only get involved in their homeowners’ association by attending the annual potluck picnic and membership meeting, where the biggest issue is why the single tray of enchiladas is gone long before the overcooked hotdogs.   Read more……..

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Eldorado (NM) chicken owners to appeal court ruling

Chicken lovers in the Eldorado subdivision east of Santa Fe are continuing to cry foul and their birds will be not flying the coop without further court review.     Read more………

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Judge rules against Eldorado (NM) chickens; birds must be gone by Sept. 30

If your neighbor’s house has knee-high grass, dilapidated siding or a car up on blocks in the backyard, don’t wait until you’re ready to put your house on the market to try to get theirs fixed up, said Janet Johnson,

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Chicken Suit Hits Court (NM)

Seven Eldorado pet hen owners who are being sued by their homeowner association have launched a fundraiser for legal fees in anticipation of an upcoming trial date. The suit, filed more than a year ago on behalf of the Eldorado

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Lighter shade ends homeowner dispute (NM)

An Albuquerque woman who was threatened with eviction from her own home for painting her garage door red is now painting it a new–and similar–color her homeowners association chose. There’s no question Sonja Waldrop’s red garage stands out in a

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City meeting to explain legislative impact on Homeowners Association (NM)

A meeting on Tuesday for board members and residents with the local Homeowner’s Association will discuss how state legislation passed this year will affect homeowners and their families.   Read more……

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Paint job has homeowner seeing red (NM)

An Albuquerque woman thought her home could use a little color and a little character. Now, she’s getting the business from her homeowners association because of it, and she’s seeing red because of that.    Read more…..

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