If you would like to know the buildings that I have experience with that do allow dogs, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to share the information.
Barbara Robbins-Olexa, Broker, , e-Pro(R), SRES(R)
L B Brokerage
Servicing Long Beach & Neighboring Communities for 30+ years
own home community that welcomes dogs and cats!
Your agent can contact the property manager of the condo community. Property managers work directly with the HOA board of directors and have all of the necessary information and documentation for the community, such as CC&R's. The CC&R's will include the rules regarding pets. If the community doesn't have a property manager, the listing agent should be in contact with one of the HOA board of directors. One of these members can provide the information you need. I am a neighborhood specialist in the 90808 area of Long Beach. If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me.
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I agree with your agent about getting approved first. Then I would start looking at condos that have home features you want and once you find some condos that you like, then find out the details of condo association rules and HOAs. I believe this is the most practical order to do things because otherwise you could just end up wasting your time, the seller's time, and the agent's time. Have some patience but I definitely think you will find what you are looking for in a new home. Good Luck!
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Congratulations on your pending new home purchase...I think you might be mixing up HOA's with Condo Associations. HOA's are typically homeowners of townhomes or single family homes that band together legally to impose a layer of regulations for the community that include architectural changes, maintenance of common areas such as streets, lights, tennis courts, pools, fields (mowing, snow removal etc.), fencing and usually include a reserve fund for emergencies or larger replacements of these items. With this type of ownership, the homeowner typically owns the roof and sides of the home outside, and typically you would also own some portion of the land surrounding either the home or the town house.
Rarely do the HOA's limit you on pets, at least in this area....
Now to condos and condo associations. Obviously, they are similar in structure and function, but in condo's, the homeowner rarely owns the roof, side(s) of the home, or any of the land. This is all owned and maintained by the condo association. Condos typically have more and stricter guidelines, including some that limit pet choices and even sizes.
I am sure any condo association or HOA would be happy discuss with you their rules regarding pets before you get prequalified or even make an offer. Nationally, when you write a contract for the home, both condo associations and HOA's are requierd to disclose ALL their rules and regulations for you to review before you fully accept the contract (this is the contingency process your agent alluded to). Your lender will also wish to review these documents.
To my mind, you should get pre-qualified, then research the rules, then find a new agent you wish to work with....The reason? If you do not qualify, why waste your time? Some associations have 100 pages or rules and regs...
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Some hoa's require approval to get in but not all... but all do ask you to follow the rules, you just need to know what those rules are to know if you and your pets are welcome...
I agree with you - why waste everyone's time? I suggest if you find a condo complex you like, find out (or have your Realtor find out) who the HOA is and contact them before you even look at a condo available for sale in the complex to see what their pet policy is.