Buying Your Dream Home: How To Choose An HOA

Purchasing a home or condo in Columbus Ohio often involves being part of a homeowners’ association (HOA). In fact, it's difficult in many cities and suburbs to buy a home that's not in an HOA.

The HOA is responsible for managing shared spaces, building structures, and community amenities. Understanding the functions of an HOA is pivotal. It impacts your everyday living and property value. Here are seven essential qualities to look for when evaluating an HOA:

Clear Goals and Vision

A proactive HOA not only maintains but also enhances the community. Ask about their vision - do they strive to improve existing facilities or merely maintain them? Matching their goals with your aspirations ensures harmony and long-term satisfaction.

Clear House Rules

The rules outlined in the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCR) document need to be clear and consistently enforced. HOAs with structured discussions and transparent decision-making processes, guided by specific house rules, tend to uphold community standards diligently.

Secure Financial Procedures

The risk of financial mismanagement is real for HOAs. Look for an association that employs checks and balances, possibly with professional property managers, to safeguard financial interests. Transparent financial statements and ongoing reserve studies for future repairs showcase responsible management.

If the HOA does use a third-party property management company, research that company. Not all HOA property management companies are created equal.

Funds Set Aside for Maintenance

Avoid unpleasant surprises by ensuring the HOA sets aside funds for major repairs. A well-run association conducts regular reserve studies to determine adequate funds needed for the community's future maintenance, preventing hefty special assessments.

Homeowner Participation

A good HOA allows homeowner input. Check if there's a process for homeowners to challenge policies they disagree with and if there are forums for dispute resolution. An HOA that respects homeowners’ opinions fosters a harmonious living environment.

Effective Communication

Transparent communication channels are vital. Look for HOAs that keep residents informed through newsletters, websites, and community meetings. Accessible communication fosters a sense of community and involvement.

Well-Maintained Community

The condition of the community directly reflects the HOA's effectiveness. A clean, well-maintained community, including landscaping, amenities, and private properties, indicates an active, responsible association.

Choosing Your Dream Home in Central Ohio

When considering a home in Columbus, finding the right community and HOA is crucial. It's a complex decision that requires local expertise. Rita Boswell, a dedicated, full-time Realtor in Columbus, possesses the knowledge to guide you through this process successfully. To start your journey towards your dream home, contact Rita Boswell at 614-830-9767. With Rita's expertise, find not just a home, but a community that matches your lifestyle and aspirations perfectly!

Homes That AREN'T In An HOA

If you don't want to deal with an HOA at all, we can help you find homes for sale that aren't in an HOA. There are pros and cons to living in a community with an HOA, and it's not for everyone. Let us know if you need a home without an HOA, and we'll help you find it.

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3
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1F11/2
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1950
Year Built
1
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2
Beds
1
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Year Built
1
Day on Site
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3
Beds
2
Baths
1,532
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
1
Day on Site
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Baths
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1900
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Day on Site
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Beds
2F11/2
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Year Built
1
Day on Site
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Beds
1F11/2
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Sq.Ft.
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Year Built
1
Day on Site
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Year Built
1
Day on Site
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1
Day on Site
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