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The Arlington Rap and Chat Plus

Have you seen the Arlington Rap on You Tube? It's hilarious. It seemed to be everywhere on Friday, and chatters who joined the Real Estate Live chat recommended it highly.

Also, we have the latest installment in Chat Plus. I usually grab a question that I couldn't get to during the live session, either because I ran out of time, or I needed to look something up or because it was too tricky to deal with on the fly. Feel free to offer your advice to the questioner in the comments section! The next live chat is scheduled for Friday, June 26.

Falls Church: I live in a townhouse/condo. The homeowner's association is responsible for maintenance of common grounds. Branches from a tree on common ground is touching my home. I asked the HOA to trim the branches. They agree it is their responsibility, but they won't do it because they "don't have the money." What can I do?

Reply: The really worrisome idea is that your homeowners association is short of cash for routine maintenance. A lot of associations are hurting financially thanks to foreclosures, but for the long term financial health of the association -- and owners such as yourself -- you need to help it get back on a sound financial footing. That could involve higher dues, or cutbacks in budget areas with the least effect on property values.

Small tasks (trimming branches) turn into big tasks (replacing siding or clearing pest infestations) when they're put off. Your best approach is to continue to push the association to make this reasonable repair. Go to HOA board meetings; vote in the elections. Maybe volunteer for a committee. You don't have to launch a war (they're all too common in some communities), but you do have to be persistent.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Chat Plus , Condo/homeowner associations , Funny  
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I'm wondering if its going to give Arlington a stigma...between the video and the nanny article over the weekend (which is a lot of what Arlington has at Lyon Park and other areas), the whole 'yuppie' attitude in this economic climate is view very negatively. I've heard more 'negative' comments about Arlington then positive over the video from my friends who don't live in the area like I do (renter).

Posted by: cavatellie | June 15, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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