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Are HOA Fees Really Necessary?

Are HOA Fees Really Necessary?

 In addition to mortgage payments, homeowner’s insurance costs, and property taxes, some homes are also located within a planned community that requires monthly HOA fees. HOA (Homeowner’s Association) costs may feel like junk fees that add little to no benefit to the homeowner, but these fees serve several essential purposes aimed at preserving the community’s quality and property values.

Primarily, HOA fees are typically used to fund the maintenance and repair of community spaces. They also pay for utilities and upkeep of community amenities such as a pool, sports courts, playgrounds, and exercise facilities. Often these amenities are a critical draw to potential homebuyers that keep property values higher than communities without these facilities.

In addition, the HOA fees usually provide payment for a reserve fund. This fund guards the residents from unexpected repair costs. Without reserves, the association members could be liable for thousands of dollars out-of-pocket should such an expense occur.

The amount due from each homeowner in an HOA may vary based on the size of the property or the subdivision it’s located in, but this shared cost is for the good of the community. All members are eligible to join the membership meetings and run for the Board of Directors (usually if in good standing). It’s important to be involved in the decisions made and costs incurred.

HOA fees are not junk fees, but community members should be involved in the assessment and administration of the funds they generate. A properly managed HOA ensures that the homeowners receive the lifestyle they expect and maintain strong home values.