THE MORTGAGE REPORTS: Are HOA Dues Making Real Estate Unaffordable?
By Peter Miller
December 15, 2016
HOA Dues Don’t Make The News — But Maybe They Should
When mortgage rates move a quarter percent in any direction, that’s big news. But lurking in the background are fees for homeowners associations. (HOA dues). Don’t overlook them.
HOA dues are an expense that can sink many loan applications and derail personal finances. This is especially true for first-time buyers and those with marginal finances.
Who Really Owns Your Home?
The world of real estate ownership can be divided into two flavors: properties which are owned “fee simple” (you own your building and land) and those under a homeowner or condo association.
With fee simple ownership, you can do what you want with the property. Just work within the limits of zoning and local laws.
If you want to paint the place orange, that’s fine. If you want a big American flag out front, or a 120-pound dog inside, that’s not only okay, it’s nobody else’s business. Read more: