There are HOA fees on condos, townhomes, paired homes, and newer communities of single family homes. Each HOA charges a different fee, and includes different amenities.
When looking at condos - most HOA fees include the exterior structure and roof, trash, insurance on the building, snow removal and grounds maintenance. But, there are exceptions.
When looking at townhomes and paired homes - most will include trash, snow removal, insurance for the building, and grounds maintenance, but some don't include the structure and/or roof and you need to see if the water/sewer is paid by HOA or homeowner.
One thing I want to emphasize --- when you buy a condo or townhome, be sure to get HO6 insurance. This is usually a contents policy covering everything inside the unit. Also, if there is a special assessment, this will cover all but your deductible. This can mean a lot if the special assessment runs into the thousands!
Fees for both condos and townhomes can vary, and it depends on the size of the development. If it is a larger community, and offers pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and playground, the fees may be lower due to many homeowners paying HOA fees. A smaller development will have higher fees for the services offered. If there is a lot of grassy areas, landscaping fees and watering of the grass has increased substantially over the last few years, and will be costly.
When looking at single family homes - these are the lowest HOA fees you will see. The HOA fees usually only include trash/recycling, but some developments have a community pool and/or tennis courts and maybe even a clubhouse, which increases the fees.
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