Typically, Association fees (in this case, $71 per month) cover the cost of insurance for the structure, exterior maintenance, rubbish and waste removal, landscaping, lawn care, snow plowing and removal, and, in some situations, sewer and water, care of common areas and grounds, and sometimes other amenities, if any. Usually the association keeps an account for repairs and improvements, driveways and other private roads, etc. If you buy a home in a common interest community, you will receive a booklet defining exact accounts that are maintained, the rules and regulations of the homeowners and the responsibilities of individual owners and the association. For specifics, call the listing agent. This looks like a nice property and the Byron area is very attractive. Liz, 612-986-4105, email@example.com.