What are some pros and cons to a homeowners’ association?
If you care about how well your neighbors keep up the appearance of their property, then a community with a residential association may be for you. In a common-interest development, homeowners’ common concerns have been written down and formalized into legally binding by-laws that come with the home you buy. Some communities can be quite strict, even restricting colors of paint.
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Why is it smart to size up the schools before buying a house?
When you buy a house, you also buy into the area schools. Why should schools influence the home choice of even childless couples? Resale values. Families will often spend thousands of dollars more for a home located in a better school district.