big rockpile started a thread about his road maintainance problem. Just the sort of problem many of us have had, heard about other having, or could get ourselves into if we aren't VERY careful. But roads aren't the only problem. A couple years ago, I was looking at a house on a "shared" well. Okay, there are lots of wells in this area shared by 2 or 3 houses. Luckily, I knew enough to READ the well agreement before buying the house. It's not a shared well! It's a mini water district! The well belongs to the property I was looking at and the agreement is for that property owner to sell water to 4 other houses at a set monthly rate. No limits on water usage - like filling a swimming pool or watering a huge lawn or garden. No provision for sharing the expense of repairs. And if something went wrong and one of the neighbor kids got sick, who would they sue? I backed off fast. My point is to warn all who are or ever will consider buying a property which shares ownership or use of anything - road, well, septic, lake, common ground, community center, swimming pool, cow path, mud puddle, or dog house - ask for and READ the agreement(s) before you make an offer to buy. Heck, have the agent send it to you before driving hours to see the property. Think of the worst probable scenario. And make the most educated decision you can. P.S. My first property buying experience included finding out about an easement at the closing table. I hesitated, but DH (now XDH) wanted to go ahead with the purchase, so we did. (That was my good little DW phase.) The easement did not cause a problem in the 10 years we owned the place.