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What To Review in HOA Documents When Buying a Home

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What to Review in HOA Documents When Buying

When buying a home buyers are happy to hear that offer has been accepted and escrow is open.

Once escrow opens it is lot of information give and take for buyer.

Here are some tips which will help you.  Buyer should review

HOA bylaws, board meeting minutes, newsletters

These documents will alert you to special unit or building issues, such as restrictions on short-term rentals or pets, insurance issues, building construction quality and all the rules you’ll need to live by.

Demand statement

This will tell you whether there are any unpaid HOA fees, unit violations that may need to be resolved, etc.

Reserve study

This will tell you how much money is saved for paying for long-term repairs. Your HOA fees cover operating expenses and savings for roofs, streets, painting, etc. The reserve study tells you how much the community should have saved for those capital repairs and replacements and how much is actually saved. Usually, less is saved than what the reserve expert says should be, so when the bill comes due, all the HOA unit owners may split the costs in a special assessment.

Financial statements and budgets

This will show you whether the HOA is collecting enough money to pay its bills and whether it is putting away money for reserves.

Insurance master policy binder

This will tell you what the HOA insurance covers.