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6 Questions to Ask When Considering a Neighborhood with an HOA

community pool with inflatable innertubeLet’s say you have your heart set on buying a home in a community with a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and maybe even a playground or trails. Having access to these amenities often means living in a community with a homeowners association, or HOA.

Generally, an HOA is responsible for keeping the neighborhood looking beautiful — and as a result, keeping property values high. But since no two neighborhoods are the same, no two HOAs will be the same, either.

What You Should Know About the Homeowners Association

Doing your research on homes and communities means finding the answers to dozens of questions. As a savvy home buyer, you’ve probably already considered some of the most important topics early on in your home search, such as the local property taxes and whether the neighborhood is appreciating in value.

But if you’re considering a neighborhood with an HOA, there are a few additional things that you should know about the community and the association before you buy a home. Here are the essential questions you should ask.

1. What Does the Homeowners Association Do?

home with landscaped yardEach community varies, but in general, a homeowners association assists residents with property maintenance (by providing services like lawn care, trash removal, or Internet), regularly beautifies the neighborhood common areas, and upkeeps any shared amenities. In return for these services, residents pay an association fee, which we’ll talk about later.

Since the HOA is also concerned with keeping property values high, the homeowners association may also dictate what residents can and can’t do with their properties. These rules keep residents from worrying about a neighbor painting their house a funky color or letting their lawn go wild.

2. Are You Required to Join the HOA?

Before you decide to buy a home in an HOA neighborhood, first check to see whether the community has a voluntary or mandatory HOA. A voluntary HOA doesn’t require that you join the association or pay dues, but a mandatory HOA does.

3. How Much Are the HOA Fees?

As we mentioned before, HOA fees cover the services that the association provides. HOA fee costs (and the frequency with which they’re paid) can vary from community to community, so ask your real estate agent about how much the fees are before you buy a home in the neighborhood.

4. What Are the HOA’s Expectations for Residents?

bylaws for a community associationTypically, a homeowners association will have a list of rules and regulations that residents are expected to follow when they live in the community. (These are known as Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs.)

These regulations can dictate everything from what colors you can use to paint your home to how many vehicles you can park in the driveway. Again, each homeowners association varies, so it’s best to read the Bylaws of communities you’re considering to learn what’s expected of residents.

5. When (And How Often) Does the HOA Meet?

If you’re interested in joining your neighborhood’s HOA to get involved in your community, you might also want to consider when the association meets. The HOA may meet annually, bimonthly, or monthly, depending on the association’s size, so check to see if the regular meetings will fit within your schedule.

6. Does the HOA Host Any Activities?

Finally, when considering a neighborhood with an HOA, you should learn whether the HOA provides other ways for you to get involved and meet your neighbors. Ask your real estate agent about whether the neighborhood association hosts annual block parties, pool parties, holiday celebrations, Yard of the Month competitions, or any other neighborhood activities.

We’re Here to Answer Your Home Buying Questions!

Have a question about a specific neighborhood or the home buying process in general? We’re more than happy to give you the information you need. Call us and let’s chat

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The Kruschkas are long-term Prince William County residents with more than 30 years experience as real estate professionals serving Woodbridge, Manassas, Dumfries, Manassas Park, Bristow, Brentsville, Gainesville and Haymarket

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How Many Days Will It Take To Sell My Lake Ridge Home?

 

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That is the second most frequent question asked by homeowners after wanting to know the listing price.

It is a question that is impossible to answer due to a multitude of factors, but the most important are

  • Current market conditions
  • The condition of your home
  • Your home’s location
  • The real estate agent’s “Action Plan”

 

92% of home buyers start their search for a home online.

 

It only stands to reason you should select a real estate broker who knows how to take full advantage of the many online marketing strategies available as well as in-depth knowledge of Lake Ridge.  My husband and I have been Lake Ridge homeowners since 1985.

  • If necessary I will arrange for a consultation with a professional home stager
  • A professional photographer will photograph your home and its’ special features
  • Your listing will have a dedicated website with a slide show, maps, features of the home and much more
  • Your listing will be syndicated on more than 100 websites an social media sites such as Google+, Facebook and Linked-In

My husband and I were licensed in 1976. we have assisted more than 1,500 clients meet or exceed their real estate objectives in every conceivable market scenario.  If this is the level of experience you expect, give me a call at 703-499-9279 and let’s get started.

In the meantime the interactive graph below shows the average days on the market for Lake Ridge detached homes and townhomes for the past 12 months.   It is a subscription service provided by the local MLS.  

Bookmark this blog – it will automatically  update every month 10 days after a month has ended.  It will clearly show the seasonal fluctuations in the Lake Ridge real estate market

 

Average Days On The Market

 

 

Conclusion

Statistics are a great source of local area trends, but in no way indicate the value and time to market any specific Lake Ridge property.  This is where my over three decades as a real estate broker fits in – the experience and market knowledge to guide you in the decision making process whether you are planning to buy or sell real property.
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The Kruschkas are long-term Prince William County residents with more than 30 years experience as real estate professionals serving Woodbridge, Manassas, Dumfries, Manassas Park, Bristow, Brentsville, Gainesville and Haymarket

Our Experience Isn’t Expensive – It’s PRICELESS

If you plan to buy or sell a home or property contact Karen and Art by Email or call us at 703-499-9279. Put our record of customer service, real estate experience and state-of-the-art technology to work for you

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Lake Ridge Homes For Sale, Community Profile and Video

With 38,000 residents living in more than 7,000 properties Lake Ridge is one of the 10 largest subdivisions in the United States. It covers 4,400 acres with more than 25% of it (1,200 acres) being wooded common ground. Lake Ridge also sits along the shore of the 2,100 acre Occoquan Reservoir offering residents a variety of boating, fishing and recreational opportunities.
If you plan to buy or sell a home in Lake Ridge, Woodbridge VA today you will need all the expertise you can find. You’ve stopped at the right website.  Karen and Art Kruschka have over three decades experience as real estate professionals selling homes to and for people in Lake Ridge and Prince William County. We have used state-of-the-art internet based strategies since 1997 with a record of service to more than 1,500 clients.

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WHY CHOOSE LAKE RIDGE?

COMMUTING

  • Express bus service to the Pentagon and Washington, DC is available within Lake Ridge and at the entrance to Lake Ridge in the VDOT Commuter Lot
  • Carpools usually meet at the VDOT Commuter Lot at the entrance to Lake Ridge – see Omnimatch for more specific details
  • Slugging (some erroneously call it hitching a ride which it is) is a result of the need to use HOV lanes on the I-95 as much as possible. Commuters form a line at a designated Slug Line Stop in Lake Ridge – the VDOT Commuter at the Lake Ridge entrance. For example, a driver will pull up headed for the Pentagon, but needs one more passenger to qualify for HOV-3. The first person in line going to the Pentagon will join the others in the car and away they go. It’s free commuting for the slugger and gives the driver availability to HOV lanes on I-95 – win win!!
  • Train The Virginia Railway Express Woodbridge Station with rail service to Springfield, Crystal City and Union Station in Washington, DC is approximately a 20 minute drive from Lake Ridge in the morning rush hour. At Springfield you can switch to Metrorail that gives you access to the entire National Capital Area subway system.
  • Local buses run regulary throughout the Greater Woodbridge area as well as other areas of Prince William County. Lake Ridge is one of the communities served by Omnilink
  • MCB Quantico is less than 30 minutes by car
  • Fort Belvoir is approximately 30 minutes by car

SCHOOLS

LIBRARIES

SHOPPING

  • Tacketts Mill located at the entrance to Lake Ridge was the first of the three centers. In addition to the normal complement of retail stores it includes commercial office space. It’s here you’ll find McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins
  • Lake Ridge Commons at Old Bridge Road and Hedges Run Drive is about midway through Lake Ridge. It has our one and only Starbucks
  • Festival at Old Bridge is also on Old Bridge Road near the western end of Lake Ridge at Smoketown Road. It has the Lake Ridge US Post Office Annex

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The Kruschkas are long term Prince William County residents with more than 30 years experience as real estate professionals serving Woodbridge, Manassas, Dumfries, Manassas Park, Bristow, Brentsville, Gainesville and Haymarket

Our Experience Isn’t Expensive – It’s PRICELESS

If you plan to buy or sell a home or property contact Karen and Art by Email or call us at 703-499-9279. Put our record of customer service, real estate experience and state-of-the-art technology to work for you

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Karen Kruschka’s Web Site

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