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Re: Nothing's Doing. ...
Aah...since you've been there, you can understand. The place is 50 years old and many owners are ancient. I fall in that category, less sharp than I was, but pretty much up to date with technology and economics. When we bought in 2019, the cost of a unit and the HOA fees were very reasonable and enabled maintaining two residences. Since then, the cost of a unit has almost doubled while the HOA fees have only had a modest increase because reserves have been continually waived. With the communities age, whether mandatory or not, the necessity of having reserves is becoming a critical issue but the long-term old owners HOA fees would almost double and in some cases be a hardship although diddly squat in terms of what rents are going for these days.
My partner, new to condo living and still inexperienced, found himself in situations that would challenge anyone but has risen to them admirably. Nature threw a hammer this Summer which had a domino effect of things failing one after the other and mounting expense. Covid related short comings from employees to supplies caused more problems and the demands have required as much or more time than a full-time job. Thankfully, he seems to take all in stride.
In short, there is little time for the adventures we thought we'd be having. The consolation is that the weather is good and its much less restrictive than NY is today.