Raleigh has many neighborhoods that don't have homeowner's associations. These mostly skew to older neighborhoods, but some newer homes are in areas that don't have HOAs as well. Most of the older 1950s and 1960s brick ranchers that you see around Raleigh are in neighborhoods without HOAs, along with the old craftsman style homes that are located in downtown Raleigh neighborhoods. These homes were often built pre-1950 and don't have any HOA to worry about. Also, if you are looking for a new build but with no HOA, occasionally there will be a tear-down with a new home built in it's place in one of these downtown Raleigh neighborhoods.
Homes with no HOA also tend to have more land, which works well if you like to garden or have your own chickens for example. Please note that although there is no HOA, you still must abide by any city or county rules. Also, if the home has restrictive covenants associated with the deed then you must follow those as well. As your realtor we can help you determine if there are any restrictive covenants to be aware of.
All HOAs vary in how strict they are, with newer planned subdivisions usually being the most stringent. Some rural neighborhoods have HOAs that aren't very strict for example, so that's something to keep in mind if you aren't finding what you're looking for with your initial home search.
As a final note, some agents list homes in the multiple listing service (MLS) incorrectly, so with the list of homes below there may be a few that are actually in HOAs. If you need to double check any of them, please just let us know.
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