Furthermore, the HOA fees are only one element to consider.
It is possible a community has very low published HOA fees but historically issue an assessment to each homeowner to correct for the shortfall of income and operating expenses.
Brand new communities will typically have lower HOA fees becuase the REAL costs are unknown and as the community ages, the fees are adjusted accordingly.
As BIll indicated, what is included can result is absolute maintenance free living including manned security, video surveillance, vacant home monitoring and concierge services to as little as keep the light on that illuminates the community sign.
A local REALTOR will be very familiar with what is included in the HOA fees. Be aware, even within a community, what is covered by the HOA may very.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Not only do HOA fees vary greatly from one community to another but so too does the services that they cover. One would need to know the name and area of the community which you are considering to be able to provide you with accurate information. The HOA could cover such services as: grounds, maintenance, insurance, recreational facilities, water, pest control, security, reserve fund, etc. etc.
Hope this helps.