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    What you should know about your Homeowners Association

    When you own your own home, chances are good that you’ll be part of a homeowners association.  We at the Powell Group understand that phrase can turn off some people, but we also want you to know they aren’t all bad.  There are definitely some things you should understand, and we have a great list for you.

    Homeowners association members often gather to discuss rules of the neighborhood
    HOA members often gather to discuss neighborhood rules

    First and foremost, don’t believe everyone who tells you that an HOA is bad news.  Not all of them are that way.  Sure, the purpose of an HOA is to make sure everyone is respectful.  Yes, some HOAs take it overboard.  Then again, there are also some that don’t care about certain things.  Talk with the HOA that you’ll be associated with before you buy your house.  That way, you’ll know what you’ll deal with once you move in.

    Another good thing about talking with your HOA first is that it will help you discover your future neighbors and neighborhood.  You’ll find out how friendly (or not-so-friendly) they are with each other.  After all, they’ll be the same way with you.  Communication will also help you understand the strictness of rules (as mentioned earlier) and the specific rules you will need to follow.  Let’s be honest, they’re there to maintain respect and the landscape of the neighborhood.

    Lastly, talking with the HOA will not only help you understand the rules.  It will also help you understand what will happen if you break them.  Issues such as adding to your house, maintaining the front yard, and noise levels may all be governed by the HOA.  So, ask them what is – and what isn’t – allowed there before you buy the house.

    The Powell Group at Keller Williams of the Western Upstate of South Carolina encourages you to explore all of your options before you buy your so-called dream house.  After all, that dream can turn into a nightmare quickly.  Our team members can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

    If you are moving to the Western Upstate of South Carolina, log on to our website and have a look at all of our beautiful homes.  We are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for.

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