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High-rise HOAs (Homeowners Associations) vs single-family home HOAs Explained.


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High-rise HOAs (Homeowners Associations) and single-family home HOAs have several key differences due to the nature of the properties they manage:





Before purchasing a home with an HOA, it’s crucial for buyers to consider factors like the specific rules and regulations of the HOA, the financial health of the association, the history of fee increases, and the level of community involvement allowed.



1. Property Type: High-rise HOAs manage condominiums or apartments within a multi-story building, while single-family home HOAs govern detached or semi-detached houses.




2. Maintenance Responsibility: In high-rise HOAs, maintenance of common areas like elevators, hallways, and building exteriors are typically covered by the association. In single-family home HOAs, maintenance responsibilities often extend to individual yards, driveways, and roofs.



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3. Amenities: High-rise HOAs may offer amenities such as concierge services, rooftop gardens, or fitness centers within the building, whereas single-family home HOAs may focus on amenities like parks, playgrounds, or community pools.




4. Density and Community Interaction: High-rise HOAs tend to have higher population densities, fostering more interactions among residents within the building. Single-family home HOAs may promote a more secluded or private living environment.




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5. Rules and Regulations: The rules and regulations set by high-rise HOAs may be more extensive due to shared living spaces and the need for uniformity in a vertical community. Single-family home HOAs may still have rules but may allow more flexibility regarding property use and modifications.



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6. Fee Structure: High-rise HOAs often have higher fees due to the additional maintenance and amenities provided, while single-family home HOA fees can vary widely based on the size of the community and amenities offered.









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7. Board Structure: High-rise HOAs may have a more complex board structure due to the larger number of units and shared spaces, while single-family home HOAs may have a simpler board setup with fewer units to manage.



Another important thing to consider in connection to the HOA bylaws, is the insurability. Make sure you consider the insurability of the unit and rates as well as the type of insurance required.



Understanding these key differences can help potential buyers or residents make informed decisions based on their preferences and lifestyle needs. Make sure your realtor is well versed in HOA matters! If you live in the greater Houston area and have more questions, don't hesitate to reach out! Aubrie.layne@sothebys.realty or 281-773-4259

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