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Getting info on HOA

We're in the process of buying a short sale house in Davie, FL. We're now asked to sign this form about the HOA. I've looked at the book and it seems standard information. However, we're from NJ and heard lots of horror stories about HOAs in Florida. What's the best way to learn if this neighorbood (one of the Forest Ridge ones) has had any problems? We're just two normal folks with a baby and two small dogs and two small vehicles. Nothing cray.
  • February 15 2014 - Davie
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  • March 12 2014
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Financial information from 2009-2010 is not okay.   Ask for the latest. 
  • February 15 2014
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Thanks for reassurance on the neighorhood. The book we got is huge. The rules I could read, but the bylaws and such were too small print. The financial information was from 2009 - 2010. I wanted to see what the legal fees were to get an idea of if they were suing people. The professionally managed actually worries me because it is by the same company that manages the condo we are renting and the staff here are terrible and the letters they send to all residents are rather unprofessional (e.g. day before Thanksgiving sending a letter to clear the balcony by Thanksgiving Friday or else face a fine, and never telling us when we could restore our furniture, and numerous others). But people say condos are different than places with homes, and we are just renting in the condo.
  • February 15 2014
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The form is probably the Home Owner's Association Disclosure telling you what the dues are and other information.   It is required reading.   We even use it when there is No HOA and in the space for the HOA's name we write "N/A"
  • February 15 2014
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You should be fine, that community is professionally managed. You should always read all documents before signing, and ask for clarification if it's not clear.
  • February 15 2014
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