Outside a Community : Golf enthusiasts can ultimately save money by living outside a community, according to Mr. Timmerman, because they can choose from several clubs in the area and join the most appealing and affordable. They also usually have the option to transfer their membership – a benefit that is sometimes not available to community buyers.
Ability to rent out your home
Within a community: Chris Charnas, founder of Links Capital Advisors, a real estate agent specializing in the sale of golf courses and communities, said many HOA & # 39; s do not allow residents to rent out their homes for additional income. "They don't want strangers to live in the community, so if you don't live in your house all year round, it's empty there and you're still paying expenses," he said.
If a community allows rentals, keep in mind that the homeowner and tenant often have to follow strict protocols. For example, the owner may have to complete a lengthy application to transfer his membership to the tenant. Also, renters may only be able to play golf under the & # 39; guest policy & # 39; which, for example, states that they may only be on the course during certain hours or pay a fee for each round.
] Outside a community: In a non-community golf house, you have the freedom to rent out your property, whether it is for a longer period of several months or for a few days off And even via a rental site of third parties, such as Airbnb. "If renting out your home is part of your master plan, I would recommend that you look for a home outside the gates of a community," said Mr Becker.
The Noise Factor
In a community: Any noise is a given, whether you live inside or outside a community, but if you live within the gates the chances of late-night parties are smaller. However, golf course maintenance vehicles during the early morning hours, some of which can be loud, are common. If you're considering a home or hearing a golf course, be sure to ask those maintenance schedule questions so you don't see any surprise alarms.
Outside a Community: A The great advantage of living outside the community when considering noise is that you don't have to worry about course maintenance schedules. On the other hand, you are likely to be near highways or busy roads.
In a community: The safety factor of living in a closed environment is one of the biggest drivers for buying a home in a community. "Safety has become even more important for golf home buyers since Covid," said Timmerman. Most gated clubs have a security booth at the front where all visitors check in and get a pass before they are allowed in. Gated communities also have security guards who regularly patrol the streets.