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Home sales in golf communities remain strong like in the rest of the country.
If you’re looking to buy a home in a golf course community, either as a primary residence or as a vacation or retirement home, there are additional home traits that make buying on a golf course different from buying a typical single-family residence.
Here is a quick primer of home characteristics to consider when buying in a golf community.
When looking at homes within a golf course community, be aware of its location with respect to the community entrance. Homes nearest to the entrance will receive the most drive-by traffic and may be slightly noisier than a home that is situated far from the entrance. However, homes close to the entrance will also be more navigable for visitors.
How security-conscious is the community? Golf course communities tend to be gated communities but each will have varying levels of security. Some will have 24-hour gate persons to manage and monitor traffic into the community. Others will use a pass-key system. Determine what’s most important to you.
Consider the physical location of the home relative to the golf course(s). Homes that are situated near tee boxes are less likely to be struck by errant golf shots but maybe louder because of chatty players. Homes off the golf course are typically free of all such hazards.
Many golf communities feature amenities such as swimming pools, exercise facilities, and clubhouses. Some have tennis courts and other recreational outlets. Do these services require extra fees? Is there a mandatory membership cost, with minimum monthly purchase levels? Be sure to ask.
As with most planned community/association, golf communities typically require annual or monthly membership dues; and publish a list of rules by which homeowners must abide. For example, home improvements may be restricted by the rules of the community. Before buying, review the association by-laws carefully.
Golf course communities are a terrific way for golf enthusiasts to play (nearly) year-round and can provide a terrific lifestyle even beyond the golf game. If you plan to buy in a golf community, use the tips above to help with your research.
Then, when you’re ready, talk to a real estate professional for help with your purchase.
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