POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 7:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 7:59pm
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) — A Longview developer is taking a different approach to building duplexes, one he says should ensure the homes are maintained and property values don’t depreciate.
Travis Stanley, in partnership with James Baughman, developed Starview Heights on Stanley Drive, off Eden Drive east of Eastman Road. Work is nearing completion on the 46 units, or 23 buildings, in the development.
“I think the biggest approach to it that’s different is that we’re doing a property owners association,” Stanley said, describing the group of “young investors” involved in the project. Through the association, they’re looking after each other, their interests in the property and its long-term success, he said.
“My experience with duplexes in the past is that you build a street of them and some people take care of them and others don’t, so the property values go down,” Stanley said. “With the (homeowners association), our whole goal is to keep the value up and make the place look good.”
The association is responsible for some maintenance of the property, including the lawn maintenance with sprinklers, replacement of filters in the heating and air conditioning units, smoke detector maintenance and extermination service.
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