How do you feel about buying a home in an HOA Community?

HOA communities: Not for everyone

Ask anyone how they feel about living in an HOA community and you’re likely to get a clear, concise and emphatic answer.

I work with a diverse group of individuals each with a goal of buying or selling a home. Whether it’s to end or begin a new chapter in life, a work relocation, or pursuing an investment, I spend a lot of time helping my clients prioritize what is most important to them. When it comes to a home purchase, there are things that buyers feel strongly about, and others that elicit an apathetic response. A single story home may be essential to one buyer, while another says it doesn’t matter. Lot size is a key element to some, while others are ambivalent about their outdoor space. One question that I NEVER get a luke warm response to is “how do you feel about buying a home in an HOA community?”. It’s either a firm and immediate “NO”, or a strong and certain “YES”! Rarely do I hear that it doesn’t really matter. So what drives an individual to feel so strongly about a homeowners association?

I like to describe those who are absolutely opposed to an HOA as freedom lovers. These are individuals who don’t want to be told what color to paint their home, whether or not they can have a basketball hoop in the driveway, or where they can and can’t park an RV, boat or other vehicle of weekend fun. While they may value good neighbors who care for their yard, they do not feel that they need a third party to intervene should there be a problem. Often times they are more than delighted to save the monthly HOA fee which can range anywhere from $20 per month to $700 per month depending upon the neighborhood. In my real estate practice, approximately 30% of my buyer clients are adamantly opposed to an HOA community.

Those that desire an HOA community generally like the idea of a well-kept neighborhood with a consistent set of rules and expectations by which all homeowners must abide. They value the standard at which neighbors must keep up their yard. They enjoy the aesthetics of a neighborhood where the paint colors and architecture is consistent. Commercial vehicles parked on the street at all hours, deferred maintenance on the exterior of neighboring homes, and trash cans left at the curb more than 24 hours are unacceptable to these individuals. They are more than happy to follow a strict set of rules in order to maintain a standard in the community that makes them comfortable. They like knowing that third party enforcement is available if someone is falling short of the standard. And it’s worth the monthly fee to always know what to expect in the neighborhood they call home.

So, how do you feel about buying a home in an HOA community? I’d bet there’s an easy answer right at the tip of your tongue. If that answer is an emphatic “NO!”, check out these listings below in non-HOA communities:

 

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4626 E Clinton Street, Phoenix 85028, Morningside Blk 3, 4, TR A

  • $1,425,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 5
  • Home size: 4,600
  • Lot size: 45,199
  • Year built: 2017
  • MLS #: 5611462
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1212 E Northview Avenue, Phoenix 85020, Squaw Peak Groves

  • $455,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,939
  • Lot size: 10,481
  • Year built: 1961
  • MLS #: 5711728
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14240 N 41st Avenue, Phoenix 85053, Glenaire Unit 2

  • $298,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 1.75
  • Home size: 2,278
  • Lot size: 8,230
  • Year built: 1973
  • MLS #: 5706173
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2712 E Boston Circle, Mesa 85213, Mesa Villas Replat

  • $254,900
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,512
  • Lot size: 9,705
  • Year built: 1978
  • MLS #: 5709960
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661 W Laguna Azul Avenue, Mesa 85210, Hunters Ridge Lot 156-308

  • $252,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,467
  • Lot size: 7,645
  • Year built: 1979
  • MLS #: 5710462
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21408 N 34th Drive, Phoenix 85027, Foothills North Unit 1

  • $247,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,640
  • Lot size: 7,556
  • Year built: 1996
  • MLS #: 5689614
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643 E 7th Place, Mesa 85203, Fillmore Place

  • $290,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2.5
  • Home size: 2,136
  • Lot size: 14,096
  • Year built: 1967
  • MLS #: 5710483
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1453 E Edgewood Avenue, Mesa 85204, Mcafee Place Unit 2 Amd

  • $230,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,718
  • Lot size: 7,815
  • Year built: 1977
  • MLS #: 5707159
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5247 E Anderson Drive, Scottsdale 85254, Arabian Crest Two

  • $690,000
  • Bedrooms: 5, Baths: 3.5
  • Home size: 3,026
  • Lot size: 9,186
  • Year built: 1998
  • MLS #: 5711898
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650 Sunny Cove Heights Road, Wickenburg 85390, Sunny Cove Heights

  • $165,000
  • Bedrooms: 2, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 960
  • Lot size: 60,929
  • Year built: 1974
  • MLS #: 5655682
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345 Fairhaven Road, Kearny 85137, Kearny Subdivision #1

  • $98,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,920
  • Lot size: 7,000
  • Year built: 1960
  • MLS #: 5534840
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3213 W Surrey Avenue, Phoenix 85029, Surrey Heights 2

  • $175,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,440
  • Lot size: 7,038
  • Year built: 1963
  • MLS #: 5711356
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2128 W Keim Drive, Phoenix 85015, Melrose Valley Estates 1

  • $314,000
  • Bedrooms: 4, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 2,048
  • Lot size: 7,658
  • Year built: 1958
  • MLS #: 5700360
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514 S 96th Place, Mesa 85208, Golden Crest Terrace Unit 2

  • $115,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,585
  • Lot size: 8,377
  • Year built: 1980
  • MLS #: 5711430
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7807 E Cypress Street, Scottsdale 85257, Cox Heights 4 Amd

  • $349,950
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 2
  • Home size: 1,804
  • Lot size: 9,954
  • Year built: 1962
  • MLS #: 5690846
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