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Francine Ler…,  in Phoenix, AZ

How do you find out how much the Cap Improvement Impact Fee for a property is in Surprise/Sun City West? Even properties listed in the same

Asked by Francine Leroy, Phoenix, AZ Mon Oct 26, 2009

neighborhood show different amounts. Is that fee paid at closing or is it prorated on the loan like property taxes? Does the buyer always pay for it?
Thanks in advance for any help...

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az_mountain_man ... in many of the retirement communities, there are capital preservation fees assessed to those purchasing in the community for the first time. These go toward what serves in most cases as a so-called rainy day fund.

It's not a fee being "tacked on" by the owner because of what they once were charged. And, since the HOA does not have taxing power, it has nothing to do with what a property owner's taxes are going toward.
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The capital improvement fee changes depending on the area you are looking in. The cap fee for Sun City West is currently $3,000 and is paid at closing as a one time fee. Typically the buyer pays for this fee, unless it is negotiated into the contract that the seller shall pay. If you need more information I can be reached at 623-866-2385 or surprisedh@gmail.com.
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From the Maricopa Association of Governments, they "cover the up-front costs of providing capital infrastructure" and "Capital facilities fees generally cover off-site improvements and services." http://www.azmag.gov/Documents/pdf/cms.resource/Development-…

After looking at the charts, these look like the same entities (Parks, recreation, streets, police, fire, water, sanitation) that are included in my property taxes and in the case of water and sanitation, monthly fees we all see in our city's water and sewer bill.

If it is a new development fee, why are homes for resale charging that fee (these fees are listed on realtor.com)? Is that the original homeowner tacking on a fee they have previously paid or is the fee charged each and every time the home is sold? In either case, IMO those do not fit the traditional definition of capital improvement because re-selling a home is not increasing any expense for the local government. Common sense dictates that there is only a capital improvement if someone is increasing their home value by remodeling or upgrading.

Are these fees just another way for raising money without further raising the taxes? Isn't the whole point of taxes to force everyone to pay into the "pool" thereby lowering the overall costs for everyone (like Obamacare)? Is somebody thinking that if they raise the property taxes people will think that it is too expensive to live here so instead they tack on a FEE because that won't generally be publicised?

Whenever I see the word "FEE" I think of bad management, lack of planning and budgeting and just plain GRAFT.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 11, 2013
The Cal Improvement Fee is a one-time fee that the buyer pays at closing when buying for the first time in a given town like Sun City and Sun City West. The money is used to help keep the town clean and pretty but mainly to update recreational centers:
Sun City $3,000
Sun City West $2,500
other local towns and communities like Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, Westbrook Village and others also have such fees but all of these will be lower than $2,000
When buying you will need to understand Rec Center Fees and Transfer fees that do come in play at time of purchase. These fees are not pro-rated and they are always paid by the buyer.

If you are planning to buy in our beautiful and sunny NW Valley I will be happy to share with you the knowledge I have, assist you in your search and represent you in the negotiation and purchase.

Derek Ostrovski
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 6, 2013
Derek is there any programs to help lower income senior citzens with this cost or even half?
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what are the golf fees per year and is there a activities fee for using the pools and ect ?
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I live in goodyear AZ and there is no extra charge for the golf and the pool we also have 2 dances a month, bingo , zingo card games all free the rent in 300.00 per month My home is for sale 75,000 furnished for more info email me at cg4service @gmail,com
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The Capital Improvement Fee sometimes has other names. It varies by subdivision and often changes yearly. It is a onetime fee paid at closing by the buyer and is not prorated. Currently those fees are: Sun City = $3,000, Sun City West = $2,500, Sun City Grand = $1,104, Sun City Festival = $612, Westbrook Village = $1,525, Ventana Lakes = $1,150, Sun Village = $1,000 to $1,500, Trilogy = $1,800.96 and Corte Bella = $724. These subdivisionsalso all have recreation centers with various annual fees.

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