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The Pros and Cons of a Homeowners Association in Athens

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are great for some people, but not so much for others. If you want to live in a well-run, well-maintained, orderly neighborhood or community, then an HOA is likely a good fit for you. But if you’d resent not being able to decide how to manage and change your own property the way you want, then an HOA probably wouldn’t be a good fit. It all depends on your needs and wants and lifestyle. So let’s dig in and take a closer look at the pros and cons of a homeowners association in Athens.

What Is a Homeowners Association?

A homeowners association (HOA) is typically an organization often instituted by a real estate developer for the purpose of managing a community of houses, townhouses, or condos. The HOA has the authority to enforce the drafted covenants, conditions, and restrictions and to manage the common components of the community. 

Residents of an HOA community have to pay dues, which can range from $100 per year to $1,000 a month, in order to enjoy the benefits of the organization. In addition, these HOA fees are also included when your mortgage lender assesses your monthly mortgage payment. Residents also have to abide by all the (sometimes pretty restrictive) HOA rules, regulations, and restrictions.

So if you plan to buy in an HOA community, you need to make sure you’re willing and able to pay the dues and that you can live with the rules. To discover more about HOAs in Athens, talk to a local agent at 706-426-1082.

Homeowners Association Pros

HOAs offer some definite advantages and benefits. These include . . . 

Well Kept, Nice-looking Neighborhood

A homeowners association establishes and enforces rules to ensure the neighborhood looks good and is well maintained. These rules, which can be pretty strict, usually govern such things as lawn care, restrictions on parking large vehicles on the street, and limitations on paint colors.

Access to Amenities

Residents of an HOA community usually have access to common community amenities – for example, a fitness center, pool, clubhouse, parks, and children’s play area.

Shared Maintenance Costs

With an HOA, you won’t have to foot all the maintenance bills yourself. A portion of the HOA dues are typically earmarked for the maintenance and upkeep of the shared spaces, maintenance that includes, for example, snow removal and the upkeep of common areas.

Built-in Mediator

If you happen to have any problems with neighbors, the HOA affords you a built-in mediator. You can settle issues and differences by taking your grievances before the HOA’s board or management company.

Homeowners Association Cons 

But there are also some drawbacks to HOAs, such as . . . 

Homeowners Association Dues

As we mentioned, the benefits come at a cost in the form of HOA dues. These vary from community to community but typically run in the hundreds of dollars per month.

Restrictions

This one is big for some people. You’ll be limited by the HOA rules and restrictions in what changes you can make to your property. If, for example, you want to add an enclosed patio, you may not be able to.

Impact of HOA Financial Problems

If the HOA happens to be suffering financial problems or is ensnared in a finance-related lawsuit, this could affect your ability to get a loan and even the sale price of your home.

Making the Final Decision About a Homeowners Association

So . . . is an HOA community right for you? To make that determination, you’ll need to carefully weigh the pros against the cons. But you don’t have to do it all on your own. Your local market city agent, who knows the ins and outs of the local homeowner’s associations, can provide some valuable assistance to help you make the right decision. When you’re trying to decide whether or not a homeowners association in Athens would be a good fit, be sure to contact us at 706-426-1082.

Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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