Not every nice neighborhood has an HOA, but they are common and highly beneficial. An HOA is a nonprofit organization of homeowners that governs a certain residential area and enforces rules for things like landscaping, noise, and other community standards. HOAs also provide a range of services, including maintenance and access to amenities like swimming pools, clubhouses, and playgrounds. Additionally, HOAs provide additional security, since their presence can deter crime. As a result, it is important for potential buyers to consider the HOA when looking at a home.
It is more common for newer neighborhoods to have an HOA, although some may be voluntary or involuntary. It is possible for a neighborhood to retroactively create an HOA. HOAs can also be a make-or-break factor in a real estate deal. In Texas, HOAs have a lot of power and can even foreclose a home if the homeowner doesn't pay the HOA fees. If an HOA is involved in litigation, the lender can't close on the deal. This can present an opportunity for arbitrage investing, where investors can buy into the deal once it's settled and make a profit.
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