Homeowners Beware: Soon Your Late HOA Fees Could Hurt Your FICO Score

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There is a Push to Make HOA Fees a Top Priority for HomeOwners


Currently most HOAs don't report your late payments but that might not be the case soon. FICO scores could be hit hard by those that don't pay on time.  


I was reading an article on Realtor.com - HOA Fees Now May Affect Credit Scores and realized how important it is for homeowners to know about possible changes coming in the future. As much as we all have a love hate relationship with our HOAs, unfortunately, they are still a financial obligation we all have. While the vast majority of HOAs do not report late payments, they do usually attach as a lien to be paid upon selling. 


In the future however, they might just hurt more than your sale, they might just impact your FICO which may in turn hurt the purchase of your next home. 

The article found on Realtor.com stated: 

"Until now, HOA payments have gone largely unreported to the national credit-reporting agencies,” says Matt Martin, chairman and founder of Sperlonga. “Our service will help elevate association payments to the same level of importance as the consumer’s other financial obligations like residential mortgages, auto loans, and credit card payments. Property owners that pay HOA fees on time should begin to see the similar impact [on] their credit reports as they would with other payment obligations traditionally found in a credit report.”

For property owners who are late or delinquent on their HOA payments, they will likely see a negative effect on their credit score, just as if they had missed a mortgage payment."

This change could impact current homeowners in a dramatic way if they get into a beef with their HOA and don't pay fines or monthly fees "as a matter of principle". 

Keep this in mind. Don't let an argument over weeds or newspapers hurt your future home purchase. 

This is great information for our customers / clients to realize before it is too late. 


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Tammy Adams
Realtor®, Associate Broker, GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), ABR® (Accredited Buyer's Representative), ePro

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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks, Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ, for posting this. I do not frequent Realtor.com and would not have found this post on my own. 

May 09, 2016 08:14 AM #1
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Tammy, great information. This could be a game changer! It will be interesting to see how it affects home owners and HOA's alike!

May 20, 2016 11:09 PM #2
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

This is a good way to keep people current and also make them responsible. They will ultimately be the ones hurt.

Jun 19, 2016 04:55 AM #3
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is good information to share, Tammy. You know Cedaredge Land Company has a property management division, and we manage over 80 rental units. The software used to track payments reports late and timely payments made to the credit bureaus. So making on time payments helps your credit score and late payments will hurt it. 

Jun 24, 2016 10:56 AM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thank you for sharing the information on late HOA fees.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 24, 2016 11:04 AM #5
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

That is such important information to know.  We have a pretty good HOA but have not been informed about this new push yet.

Jul 01, 2016 05:14 AM #6
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ ,  I hadn't heard that, but it doesn't surprise me.

Jul 01, 2016 02:21 PM #7
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