The HOA fees depend on what is covered. If there is a pool,landscaping,earthquake insurance, trash, water, outside maintenance(painting & repairs to exterior) or Is there a special assessment(earthquake) plus has there been any lawsuits. The HOA is required to have a certain amount of cash reserves for unexpected repairs. This can also determine if the condo is FHA approved,ie can you get an FHA loan for a unit in the complex. So sometimes a higher fee can cover items that you would pay for like water and trash and your total cost might be less in the long run than if you had a lower HOA that covered bare minimum and you have to pay trash, water, insurance etc. in addition rather than included in your HOA fees.
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