Decisions, Decisions, Decision
Communities and developments are peppered throughout Pike and Wayne Counties numbering over two hundred. It is almost impossible to look for a home in these counties without having to consider being a part of a community and a member of a Homeowners Association (HOA).
There are many advantages and disadvantages to weigh before you make a decision one way or another. For example, certain communities are gated and have 24 security. This is appealing to many as it offers a sense of safety. Others like the amenities which are often available. From skiing and golfing to boating and fishing, communities offer a wide range of things to do. Some have indoor and outdoor pools, clubhouses, teen centers, beaches, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, gyms and more. In addition, there may be very active clubs and on going activities in which members can participate. In a more practical sense, some communities offer community water and sewage disposal. This is a huge relief for those not wanting a well or septic system for which they will have to maintain or
replace if there is a problem. Road maintenance is yet another responsibility of the community. As a private enterprise, road maintenance and plowing are not done by the town, county or state, but rather by community. A large part of community dues goes toward this.
This brings us to one of the things many dislike about communities…dues! Yes, all of the amenities and benefits are at a cost and this cost is shared by the members of the HOA. Typically, the more amenities and the larger the community, the higher the dues. Dues can run from a few hundred to a few thousand each year with the possibility of increases. Dues, added to taxes, insurance and mortgage payments are sometimes enough to deter certain buyers from buying a home in a community.
Another deterrent are rules and regulations that are set by the HOA. In an effort to maintain certain standards, HOAs tend to restrict things which may be allowed outside of the community. Cutting down trees on your property, letting your dog go unleashed, permanent parking of commercial vehicles and RVs, renting, using your home as an airbnb or even things like hanging a clothes lines or putting up a For Sale signs may not be allowed in many communities. It is important to know the rules and regulations and make sure you are a good fit. For this reason, the seller is obligated to provide you with a resale packet, which included these rules and regulations after you have a signed contract.
Remember that no two communities are alike. It is import to drive through different communities with your realtor to see them first hand. Remember that while some communities have lots of amenities and ongoing activities, others are simply small developments where road maintenance is the only thing they share.
Although alike in many ways, they all differ and are unique. As a realtor, I am frequently asked "Is this a 'good' community?' and as a realtor, this is a question I cannot answer. For one reason, 'good' is a subjective term. I have worked with people who only want to look for homes in specific communities that others have asked to avoid. More importantly, it is against the law. The Fair Housing Act prohibits real estate licensees from 'steering'.
'Steering,' under the Fair Housing Act, is influencing a buyer’s choice of communities based upon race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin. It’s illegal because it limits the housing opportunities available to that buyer. It is also a violation of the the REALTORS® Code of Ethics. If you have questions about the demographics, crime rate etc. go to 'Explore the Area' and select the county of interest. There are lots of helpful links included in that section. Additionally, I always encourage people to go to local establishments and asked the food servers, store owners, or clerks what they think about the various communities. They can tell you and are usually quite willing to share their knowledge of the area.
Is this a good community?
Statistics and Tables
PIKE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT STATS
· 192 Residential Developments containing 15 lots or more
· 33 Residential Developments contain 200 lots or more
· 22 Residential Developments contain 500 lots or more
· 15 Developments contain 1,000 lots or more
· 53,248 Total Acres in the Residential Developments mapped
· 49,381 Parcels contained in the 192 Developments
· Of those 49,381 Parcels, 25,928 (53%) are Developed
· 75 Developments (39%) offer Recreational Facilities
· 65 Developments (34%) contain Open Space or Green Area
PRIMARY WATER SUPPLY in PIKE COUNTY DEVELOPMENTS
· Central Water - 25 Developments (13%)
· Community Wells - 33 Developments (17%)
· Individual On-Lot Wells - 134 Developments (70%)
PRIMARY SEWAGE DISPOSAL METHOD in PIKE COUNTY DEVELOPMENTS
· Central Sewage - 8 Developments (4%)
· Community System - 4 Developments (2%)
· Individual On-Lot System - 180 Developments (94%)
DEVELOPMENTS PER MUNICIPALITY
Blooming Grove - 9 Developments
Delaware - 16 Developments
Dingman - 29 Developments
Greene - 30 Developments
Lackawaxen - 28 Developments
Lehman - 11 Developments
Milford Township - 7 Developments
Palmyra - 47 Developments
Porter - 5 Developments
Shohola- 18 Developments
Westfall - 6 Developments
Pike County Developments by Size
Pike County Communities and Corresponding School Sending Districts
IOL = Individual on lot