I'm not in MA and I'm not a lawyer, but I know a little about HOA's and Condo Associations. First, if you live in a condo, you are part of the ownership of the parking lot and common areas. Associations set up a budget based on what they believe it will take to allow normal operations. When things go well, they develop a surplus. When they don't as in the past winter, they run a deficit. Someone has to clear the parking lots and walkways. That costs money and if the funds are gone, someone needs to raise the revenue to cover the costs. The alternative would be to have had the cars all stuck and the walkways all impassible.
I'm just making some intelligent guesses based on how Associations generally work and the winter the northeast has just been through.... more
Check with your insurance agent. After all, if you select a number that's too low, you could find that you can't even recover that lower amount. And, as the previous answer notes, it really depends on your property--a duplex in Ardmore and a new million dollar home off Braddock Road are both in Fairfax...and really only a few miles apart. But the true replacement costs will vary greatly.
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Scott is on the mark with his response. There is a very wide variety of by-laws out there that make it impossible for agents to comment on....unless they have specific information on the particular complex.
So the best source of accurate information is going to be found in the association By-laws. A local realtor should be able to access this information for you without too much trouble.
Hi Happy 1959:
To obtain accurate estimates for the home in question, I would suggest you contact the electric company as well as the gas company, provide them with the address, and request a utility estimate. I understand that they are very willing to help. Tax estimates can be obtained from the city of chesapeake real estate office.
Best of luck!
Nelene Gibbs, Realtor, e-Pro
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