I'm about to sell my house, which happens to be part of a homeowners' association (HOA). Are there special documents I will need to provide to potential homebuyers? I want to start getting organized now.
Indeed, you should be prepared for buyers to request lots of paperwork related to your homeowners' association; or to provide them the documents even if they don't ask, because this may be required by your state's law.
Here are some of the key items you'll in all likelihood need to give copies of to either potential or serious buyers:
To save time and energy searching for papers at the last minute, ask your real estate broker early on what homeowners' association documents and materials you will need to provide buyers. These are typically spelled out in the standard contracts real estate agents use for the purchase of a house.
If you keep good records (and have a well-run homeowners' association), you may already have much of the paperwork you need in your files. You are likely to also need to contact your homeowners' association for copies of recent documents.
See Organizing Paperwork for Your Home Sale for more on getting organized.