We've been looking for land to build on, something in the 1-5 acre range - nothing special. Just need a sizable, without being too far away from her job, and without costing a mint.
So we found a few really nice lots last week, in a countryside subdivision a couple miles from where Mom lives. Two lots in particular, side-by-side, would make a perfect purchase for us at right around 3 acres combined and with the southern exposure I'm looking for. And at a very nice price. We were ready to sign paperwork if everything checked out.
We got in touch with the listing agent, who then sent us a copy of the restrictions. Standard stuff, and then I see something like 'no residences may be used for business purposes.' Really? So I can't run my little one-man-show out of the house even though I never have customers at my place, never make any substantial noise outside of the house, don't have any signage, and otherwise give absolutely no outward appearance that any business is going on? She gets back with us: "No business of any kind shall be conducted on any lot" which means you wouldn't be able to work out of your house.
I guess that also means no paid babysitting, no Mary Kay salesbroads, no Pampered Chef or Scentsy parties, no day traders, no Girl Scout cookie sales, no garage sales. Yeah, right.
Stupid frickin' inflexible restrictive covenant crap. This is the second nice lot we've seen, and considered buying, with this damn clause in it. Really starting to piss me off. "Generic cookie-cutter look-alike house? By all means, bring it on! Got a loud-ass Harley farting it's way around the neighborhood? Please, we welcome you with open arms! Wait - you dare work for yourself quietly in your own home?!? The nerve of some people - away with you, fiend!"
We may just buy it anyway and simply not tell anyone what I do on the property, and maybe rent a PO Box.