What you need to know about homeowners associations

Wisebread.com and Dan Rafter •
Kiplinger

You’re buying into a residential community — made up of condominiums or single-family homes — that is governed by a homeowners association. Is that a good thing? The answer, unfortunately, isn’t simple. Homeowners associations, better known as HOAs, do come with some significant pros, including giving you access to community amenities such as swimming pools,

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5 costly reasons you hate your HOA

Kiplinger.com, Online Editor, and Bob Niedt •
Kiplinger

When you rent, it’s understood you’re playing by the landlord’s rules. But when you buy your own home, you expect to be in charge, deciding what to plant, what color to paint, where to walk the dog. Unless, that is, you live in a “common-interest community” governed by the most local form of government you

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