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2,344,089
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Florida Law puts the cost of providing all documents on the Developer, or on the re-Seller.  

Apr 26, 2016 02:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,504,625
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes, it is the biggest rip off on the planet. $50 for condo docs, $50 for rules & regs, $100 or more for association dues letter. 

Someone just told me at a closing one condo assn charges $750.

Apr 26, 2016 02:50 AM
Rainer
56,222
LeAnn Sink - Realtor Knoxville, TN
United Real Estate Solutions - Knoxville, TN
#ThinkSink when you need an agent.

Yes! Before I moved to Kentucky, I listed a condo in Ohio and the charge was going to be $425 for the entire package.  Ummm...the seller located all of her by-laws and declarations!

Apr 26, 2016 02:35 AM
Ambassador
1,249,533
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Pretty standard here.

Apr 26, 2016 02:17 AM
Rainmaker
3,977,611
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen them charging before but not nearly that much

Apr 26, 2016 02:04 AM
Rainmaker
2,971,618
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Maybe not $300 but more and more are charging. And it's insane when there's really no cost to generating them in a download.

Apr 26, 2016 01:55 AM
Rainmaker
4,019,713
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

HOAs used to always try and charge us, and the homeowner has FREE access, so always have the homeowner get me the link and passwords before listing.

Apr 29, 2016 12:59 AM
Rainer
138,389
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

It's been that way here as long as I remember with fees from 225-375. The paper option seems to be all but gone, and lately all I've seen are available online only.

Apr 28, 2016 12:36 AM
Rainmaker
822,246
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Some are starting to - however the cost is being absorbed by the wrong customers.

I don't understand why these places don't just have them scanned and placed on a disk - I mean really, it's the 21st century!!!

Apr 27, 2016 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
4,431,972
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes.

Apr 27, 2016 12:40 AM
Rainmaker
2,940,631
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Yes many managment companies of these HOA's are doing this. It is a sham and a shame 

Apr 26, 2016 10:30 PM
Rainmaker
783,646
Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Another money making opportunity for the HOAs who already charge more than they should in most areas.

Apr 26, 2016 10:23 PM
Rainmaker
5,262,269
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some of the fees are very expensive.

Apr 26, 2016 10:11 PM
Rainmaker
3,049,771
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Yet another "fee"

Apr 26, 2016 09:28 PM
Rainmaker
3,238,765
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Some but regardless of delivery method, I can't recall one that doesn't charge a "fee".  

Apr 26, 2016 09:21 PM
Rainmaker
2,230,891
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. Not uncommon, have seen fees charged for a long time, but not $300. That is a bit much.

Apr 26, 2016 05:39 PM
Ambassador
2,849,080
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I can't remember a time they didn't cost

Apr 26, 2016 03:23 PM
Ambassador
4,298,221
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - now that's a surprise for sure -- $300? Can't believe it's getting so bad...

Apr 26, 2016 02:59 PM
Rainmaker
4,310,474
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sally,

Amazing, and it is crazy  A

Apr 26, 2016 02:16 PM
Ambassador
3,981,938
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Not that I know of and most of the associations I deal with I have the documents on my computer or can download from the Register of Deeds. It only costs the paper and printing costs.

Apr 26, 2016 01:24 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,264
FN LN
Toronto, ON

The fee is regulated by law for specific documents required in a condo purchase.

Apr 26, 2016 12:33 PM
Rainmaker
2,704,298
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

I haven't found an HOA or Condo Association that doesn't charge for their documents, regardless of how they are delivered!

Apr 26, 2016 12:00 PM
Rainmaker
2,763,009
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Have been doing it for years and it is more than $300.  We pay ... here is the link ... go download. 

Apr 26, 2016 09:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,477,456
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, I did not have such experience. But I would gladly agree to get the package fast, since it takes 2 weeks+ to get a hard copy by paying much more.

Since most of my communication and files are digital, I do not really need a hard copy, but surely will print one upon clients request. 

Apr 26, 2016 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,210,414
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm sure one or two have.  Most still do the papers out here, that I've seen.

Apr 26, 2016 05:51 AM
Ambassador
4,053,789
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Just one more reason why I never invest in anything regulated by an HOA type entity.

Apr 26, 2016 05:49 AM
Rainmaker
2,423,261
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Everyone wants their piece of the Real Estate pie. What else is new?

Apr 26, 2016 05:30 AM
Rainmaker
983,928
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Nothing is surprising these days.... $900 hoa fee, ours is $12 and 1/3 are delinquent....

Apr 26, 2016 05:03 AM
Ambassador
881,381
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Its a rip off & a half what some of these places are charging people.  Similar to AMC charges, charges by loan servicers for payoff letters, and bank charges for subordination applications ----- where money is to be made, untalented paper pushers will find a way to squeeze for $$.

Apr 26, 2016 04:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,206,277
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Phew!  Not yet here!

Apr 26, 2016 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,366,727
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I was wondering when they would get around to making the docs available on line, but $300 is ridiculous. I thought the original cost was to cover their admin and printing costs.

Apr 26, 2016 04:40 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,451
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Some have been doing this for a while, though I believe the State of Florida sets a cap on the maximum that can be charged by the management firm.

Apr 26, 2016 04:25 AM
Rainmaker
743,047
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Those associations that ARE NOT self-managed identified this profit center a long time ago. 

Apr 26, 2016 03:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,276,892
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Is this how they subsidize their HOA?

Apr 26, 2016 03:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,520,996
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It has been going on for years

Apr 26, 2016 03:06 AM
Rainmaker
679,914
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

LOL, yeah, those lil darlings figured out there was a racket there a few years back.

Apr 26, 2016 02:46 AM
Rainmaker
4,866,948
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

yes, but we have also received them from the condo owner..... and the fee from the management co. was nowhere near $300....

Apr 26, 2016 02:23 AM