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One of the new experiences that awaits first time homeowners is dealing with a homeowners association (HOA). If you’ve always rented your home, adjusting to dealing with an HOA instead of a landlord might take some getting used to. Understanding what they are supposed to do for you, and what falls outside of their jurisdiction can help you get off on the right foot.
The HOA is an organization that sets up rules and restrictions for a community and enforces those rules to keep the community uniform and in good condition. They also maintain any common areas and amenities, like pools, clubhouses or gyms, to preserve the value and function of these assets. Communities that have more onsite amenities typically come with larger HOA fees to keep these in good working order. In order to finance maintenance and repairs, each resident has to pay fees or dues to the association. These are usually paid in a lump sum twice a year to cover the upcoming six months.
The particular responsibilities of your HOA can vary based on the way the community is set up and the type of property you live in. For example, in a condominium, the HOA is usually responsible for repairs to the exterior structure, like the roof and stairwells. However in a community made up of single family residences, the HOA is not responsible for fixing issues with any part of the home structure. Before agreeing to buy in any community, its important to understand the HOA fees, what they cover and what they will not.
The best way to stay informed about what the HOA is doing is to be involved. All members of the community are welcome to participate in the meetings, which should be held on a monthly or quarterly basis. The information about when and where the meeting will be held should be made known in your community, either by posted signs or letters to residents through the mail. As you attend these meetings, you’ll get a better idea of what issues are important to other community members and what improvements the association is planning to take on soon. If you are not happy with the direction that the HOA is currently going in, you can become more involved and make your opinion heard.
In many communities, residents like to engage in speculation about the HOA and what they are planning. Instead of engaging in gossip, communicating with the HOA is the best way to get a clear answer about any questions you have. Most HOAs are highly responsive to questions from residents and will do their best to help with any issues that arise in the community.
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Posting on social media is a normal part of everyday life for many people, so it only makes sense that you would want to document the process of buying a home on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more. But posting too much or too often can lead to consequences in the long term. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for showcasing your new home on all your social media accounts:
Do use social media to make it easy to involve friends and family along the way. A Facebook invite or video on your Snap story can be the easiest way to get the word out when you need a moving crew, painters or want to throw a housewarming party. It can also help you keep friends and family that live far away in the know and make them feel included in the process.
Don’t make it easy for potential thieves to do their worst. There are people who lurk social media and watch for opportunities, so it’s never a good idea to post videos of the valuables you keep in the home, new electronics or big ticket items you’ve purchased, or times when you will be away. For example, if you post that you are about to go back to your old home and finish packing the last of your stuff, this lets potential home invaders know that your new home and most of your possessions will be unattended for a period of time.
Do Connect with your neighbors. Social media makes it easy to find friends in your new area that share your interests. Join local meetup groups or follow local community centers to stay informed about events you may want to attend or clubs you might want to try. If you use Twitter or Instagram, try searching the hashtags used by people in your neighborhood or town to see what is going on locally. It’s still important to get out and connect with neighbors in person, but social media can make it much easier.
Don’t be too friendly when selling old or outdated items. Apps and websites that connect people in the same local area can trick you into feeling secure, since you’re selling to a neighbor. But keep in mind that apps like Offer Up, Let Go and Next Door include people within a wide area around your home, so the people can actually live pretty far away from you. Take security measures like meeting at a neutral location or using a service like Paypal so no cash has to change hands.
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