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Do You Have Any Unrestricted Property For Sale?

Do You Have Any Unrestricted Property For Sale?


Being in the country, the unrestricted property request comes up often. Experience has taught me not to just jump on the unrestricted thing! Here’s why!


When we go to look at unrestricted property and see something like this next door.....

Unrestricted Property
the buyers change their minds real quick! That’s when we find out that....


Often times people from Houston are looking for a weekend get-away! What they really want is something that doesn’t have high homeowner association fees and someone telling them what color they have to paint their house.  


Lake Livingston is really laid back... but NOT unrestricted. (Hallelujah!)

We do have unrestricted property. But keep in mind that YOU are not the only one that is unrestricted. SO is your neighbor! As long as you are okay with that.. let’s go!


So, the question goes back to the buyer.... “What are you planning to do on the property that would require it to be unrestricted?”


No, I am not being nosy... I just need to know what to look for.


Some EXAMPLES could be:

  1. Highly Restricted - We will tell you what to do about EVERYTHING!

  2. Restricted - We won’t tell you what color you have to paint your house but you can only have X number of dogs and NO broken down vehicles in the yard!

  3. Somewhat Restricted - You can live in an RV but only for 6 months, after that you have to remove it for a week before you can bring it back. REALLY?

  4. Barely Restricted - It’s okay for you to live in your RV.

  5. Not Restricted - Yes, you too can have freaky, weird, voodoo-looking people in your yard! ♫ It’s your thing! Do what you want to do! ♪

Unrestricted Property

Homeowner association fees, unless you are in a golf course community, typically do not go over $300.00 per YEAR per lot. That is LESS than a dollar a day. So you may want at least SOME restrictions!


Don’t be afraid to tell your agent what you want to do with the property. IF you have signed a Buyers Representation Agreement with that agent, your information is confidential! That agent will narrow down the list to only the properties that will work for your special needs -- and save you lots of time and worry!


Do you have any unrestricted property for sale?

Yes, I do, why?!

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Comment balloon 23 commentsJoni Bailey • August 20 2011 11:47PM


Joni - too funny!  I like a some deed restrictions:)

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) over 6 years ago

Hi Joni,

I like your tie-in pictures that go so well with your post!  I don't think I have ever seen or heard of unrestricted property before around here were I live!  I do know there is a lot of restricted areas though!

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Sounds like No. 2 is my kind of area Joni! Your pictures are great and should make everyone think about the sense of restrictions or lack of restrictions... those dolls are a bit freaky, I'm almost afraid to ask but they "live" there and are not just visiting for Halloween, an extremely early Halloween?

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

Joni, I 've never heard the term "unrestricted" with regard to land in my area, but love your suggestions (and your photos).  Unrestricted may mean different things to different folks.  Get their definitions first!

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 6 years ago

Joni, I don't know if we have "unrestricted" property or not in California. Never heard that term before. I love all your photos. It would be fun to live with no restrictions. I might have to keep Riverside, TX in mind, and I know just who the right agent is - that would be you!

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 6 years ago

Everything is different in Texas.  In California everything is restricted and everything requires payment of some sort to at least a few city or county agencies for anything you want to do.  Restrictions have their place as long as common sense is attached as well.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage) over 6 years ago

I haven't heard the term in my area before but there are restrictions (type/number of animals, rv/boat on property, etc.) in many of my areas.  Good information Joni.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Hi Joni! Wonderful post; gold star from me. Funny, but informative, too.

We're often irritated by restrictive covenants in our neighborhoods, but one look at your pictures can make us sing a new tune!

Posted by Julissa Jumper, Fayetteville, NC Real Estate (Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC) over 6 years ago

That's a very helpful post! This issue comes up quite a bit here in the D.C. area where people moving from more rural areas say they do not want a home owners association. It doesn't take long for them to figure out that, well, yes, they actually DO want an HOA!

Posted by Virginia Cheezum (F. C. Tucker Company) over 6 years ago

Joni, I have been thinking about this when dealing with the red tape of city hall. I realized I will take the red tape because the converse seems like a much worse solution. I vote for restricted.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) over 6 years ago

Good morning Joni.

A great post indeed.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 6 years ago

Joni. Suggested this post....of the five I pick restricted....  Although you can certainly find unrestricted in this area...not a pretty site :-)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 6 years ago


Good lession about restricted and non restricted property. i will print this article and keep in my permanent file so I refer to it when needed. I like the pictures. Sleep in your RV... LOL.. That really made me laugh..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago


SUGGESTED! We can all learn more by having fun and your post is a classic keeper!

You're a doll with a joyful heart, I love your sense of humor



Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago

Joni - great job.  I had this very thing turn up just last week working with buyers, but I didn't have my camera with me - a rarity for sure.  My client SWEARS he doesn't want an HOA, until he saw the quality of the homes around the house he wanted to see. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 6 years ago

Very good information for prospecive home buyers. Relocation buyers might not know about these categories.

 Life is good!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Joni, I am with many of the above comments, I have never heard of the Term "unrestricted" now you have peaked my curiously I wonder if we have anything like that in Southern California? Time to do some research....

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 6 years ago

I was wondering when you were going to use that picture!  LOL  This post explains a lot.  We don't use that type of terminology out here. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 6 years ago

Pam: I am in favor of deed restrictions as well. However, our land is unrestricted. Fortunately, the neighbors to the right are GREAT and we are separated from the left neighbor by a cove off of the river.

Linda: It seems that everyone from California is saying that!

Andrea: They stay up ALL year. They ARE freaky to me too!

Leah: You bet! I always ask WHY!

Pamela: If you do, none of you know about it! LOL!

Doug: You are so right. When we have California buyers they are always so amused by us! LOL!

Anita: We are rural. In the bigger cities there are more restrictions.

Julissa: LOL! That's right! We have to be careful what we ask for! :)))

Virginia: Same thing here! NORMALLY they really DO want a HOA!


Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Cal: Unless the want to have a pig farm, I'm for restricted as well! :)

Thank you, Joshua!

Rebecca: THANK YOU! :))) WE get this question ALL the time in the country!

Bob: Do you get this in Katy too?!

Juli: EXACTLY! That's the thing. They want to do whatever they want but then when they see what the neighbors want.... they're like? WHAT?! I can't believe it! LOL!

Roy: Relo folks in Riverside. Now that would be funny! :)))

Endre: I bet there is no unrestricted property in California!

Debra: I've had this written the whole time. Just waiting for us to head on vacation! :)))

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

I looked at some unrestricted homes here when I was buying ten years ago. I decided that I needed a little restriction for my comfort, so I went condo!


Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 6 years ago

Joni, this is totally hilarious~somehow I know this corner and the sign! LOL! Love it.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 6 years ago

This is a great example of why HOA is not all bad. :-)

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 6 years ago