If you are concerned with HOA fees any of us can set you up with a property search that can limit the amount paid on HOA fess to any amount you want
Or if you prefer to search the MLS directly (which will include HOA information) you can do so by following this link: http://www.smartazrealty.com/ or copy/past the link below:
There you will find the most up to date and complete listing information available.
Carlos J. Ramirez, PC, ABR, CNE
Associate Broker/Realtor, HomeSmart -
You have been given some good responses to your question asked about HOA's. However, I would like to answer your question more directly to the question asked.
Question: What you would look for upon your first initial search, to determine if a home or neighborhood is within an active and involved HOA?
Answer: Homes within a subdivision with a HOA will have a homogenous maintained feel to them block by block. There are neighborhoods without HOA's that will be well maintained, but an occasional home here and there will be an albatross to the subdivision - possibly suppressing values within that neighborhood. An active HOA will address those kind of out of place homes quickly and effectively, helping to maintain neighborhood cohesiveness. Another indication of homes within HOA's would be common areas that all homes share. It may be an entry medium with a monument, green belt areas, parks & pools.
Question: What are the fees associated to buy a home within an active HOA?
Answer: There are a couple factors that will determine each homeowners contribution to live in a neighborhood with an HOA. The amenities within the neighborhood that are regularly maintained and the number of homes within the HOA to share in the costs. For instance, if there are common areas with landscaping to maintain, fees should remain relatively low. If the neighborhood has a swimming pool with additional amenities fees will be higher - again both these will be determined by the number of homes in the HOA. An active HOA should also have a reserve fund, used for maintenance on amenities that is above and beyond standard charges - such as replacing a broken pool pump or replacing a basketball goal in the park.
Question: How often are HOA fees due.
Answer: Each HOA can be different. The fee can be due monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly.
You can do an internet search once you have identified the subdivision you have interest in. Most HOA's have a website under their subdivision name.
Your realtor will be able to help you with any questions you have about a neighborhood being in an HOA, fees associated and how often the fees are due.
If I can help you any further, please contact me directly at: http://www.lewistxrealty.com
Thanks for the question.
I live and work in Chandler! If you are looking in a particular area, shoot me an email and I can check on the HOA fees for you. Additionally, if you have a certain ceiling of HOA fees you want to pay, I can set up a search for you that will do just that.
Hi, yes HOA fees are an important consideration.
Use a Realtor that lets you search the MLS data for free on their website or ask a Realtor to get this information for you. Frequency of the HOA paymetns would have to be verified with the HOA as this information is not always input into the MLS data.
If you have any questions, just ask.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
You can find the HOA fees by several methods.
1. Ask the seller
2. Call the HOA and ask them if you know who they are. Sometimes you can find the HOA managing company if it's professionally manages by googleing (is that actually a word?) the subdivision name like "shady acres HOA"
3. Ask a friend. If you know someone living in the sub division, ask them.
4. Go to Craigslist and search for homes for sale in that sub division and contact the owner or Realtor advertising the home and ask who the managing HOA is and the number to call them.
5. The easiest way is to work with a Realtor who can provide that information for you. It takes us about 5 min to find out.
Good Luck To you!
Stew Keene - Home Smart Realty
MRE, CNE, CSSN, GRI, ABR, ePro
The Multiple Listing Serve has the best available information on HOA fees and structure. A buyer will often connect with a local Realtor and then the Realtor will build a custom search meeting your criteria. It's a great way to get the best available information available.
Let me know if you would like a custom search designed just for you.
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Anna hit the nail on the head with her answer. Give it a try...
All the best,
Roswell Moore, CMPS
Certified Mortgage Planner