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Some Important Points if You are Buying a Home with a Homeowners Association

reading the fine printOver the years I have listed and sold many homes where there has been an HOA, a Homeowners Association.  This article is specific to single family homes. HOAs are typically formed by the builder/developer to set forth the expectations for the neighborhood. I live in a neighborhood with an HOA and these are some of our restrictions:

no sheds
no RVs, boats, in the driveway overnight
permission is needed for exterior projects
no signs other than for sale signs

There are provisions in place if our HOA wants to make changes, If  for instance, there was an indication that many owners wanted to put up sheds, there would have to be an agreement from at least, I believe 70% of the homeowners. The HOA also has the right to place a lien on our home if we do not pay our annual dues.

Many HOAs can and will sue a homeowner that does not comply with the rules and regulations, therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT that buyers make their offers contingent upon the review of the HOA documents ALONG with the current financial statement. Some buyers might ask why a financial statement is important  to review. It's important so that you can see what the balance is in the reserve fund and how the money has been spent.

Over the past few years, our HOA has been getting bids on cleaning out the retention basin in our development. It may seem like a small task, but it actually cost about $17,000. Our HOA has been well managed, therefore they planned for this financially and were ready to pay for this improvement.

So if you are buying a home with an HOA,  make sure you request and review any documents regarding the HOA and if you are a seller, please make sure you have the documents readily available for your prospective buyers.

BARB SZABO

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Comment balloon 65 commentsBarb Szabo, CRS • February 17 2011 09:55AM
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