In today’s blog post will discuss how to deal with Boston condo associations, also known as home owners associations( HOA). Consist of board members need who hopefully have strong leadership skills for operating a Boston condo building  smoothly. Homeowners vote for the individuals that will lead their association and make decisions on a day-to-day basis. However, if you have never been part of a homeowners’ association, you may not know what the duties entail. Here are some Boston real estate tips that can help you understand the role the HOA plays in your community.

What is Condo Association?

When you purchase a Boston condo for sale, there are monthly fees that must be paid to the condo association while you reside there. All residents must contribute equally to repair and maintain the development’s building(s) and common area such as roofing, taxes and fitness rooms. Typically, the more amenities the development has, the higher the condo fees. The goal is to maintain the quality of life for residents and protect property values.

Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

These are the rules in addition to city ordinances and restrictions that all residents must follow. The CC&Rs can cover everything from whether you can have a satellite dish installed on the side of the building to whether pets are allowed. These rules can impact your rights as a Beacon Hill homeowner. Make sure you know what the condominium guidelines are before you sign the paperwork and move in. 

Ensure Compliance

The rules include fines levied by the condo boards for units that are out of compliance with the CC&R. Items that may result in additional fees include a yard that is in disrepair, building changes that were not approved by the community, unauthorized solar panel installation, etc. Check the fine print for their environmental practices, from approved landscape styles and fertilizers to sprinkler systems.

Our Boston real estate staff works with homeowner associations to update CC&R, rules and regulations. Contact us today for a free consult and receive recommendations on how to institute best practices to your financials and meetings.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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