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Both first-time buyers and experienced buyers often ask, "why do so many communities have homeowners associations (HOAs), even communities of single-family homes that seem like they wouldn't need them?" There's a few reasons why homeowners associations are so popular.
For one, buyers want HOAs for the amenities that come with them. They also help with affordable housing on smaller lots that don't have room for pools, basketball courts, and so on. Since buyers still wanted these types of amenities, they were put into a common area that everyone in the HOA has access to and can enjoy.
Since many cities require or encourage communities to have these common amenities, but they don't want to be responsible to maintain them, they require communities to form HOAs in order for the burden of collecting dues to be placed on members of the HOA.
Lastly, stormwater runoff basins are being required in order to prevent flooding and other damages. This is also considered a common amenity that needs to be paid for by all members of the community.
There are many benefits associated with being part of a homeowners association. The most obvious benefit is the amenities themselves! Many of these communities have pools, spas, basketball courts, parks, play areas and workout areas, among other things. These are private amenities that are limited to people who pay into the HOA!
If you're living in a condo or townhome community, HOA fees might be a bit higher, but they cover the exterior of the building, the roofs, and the many other things that make these properties look nice. Beware that HOAs have restrictions and rules, which are liked and disliked depending on who you're asking. The rules are often in place to ensure home values in the area are maintained. In order to do this, there might be rules that stipulate that lots and homes are maintained. Whether or not HOA rules are desirable for you depend on your goals and on the particular rules of a given area, so it's definitely something to look into before making a purchase.
If you have any questions about HOAs, or if you would like our assistance buying or selling a home in Silicon Valley, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to chat!