I just read that the Community Associations Institute has just produced a free brochure which is designed to provide an overview of homeowner and common interest community associations for individuals who are considering purchasing a home in one of these communities. From the CAI’s press release:

Homebuyers don’t always know what to expect when they move into a community association, and that lack of understanding can generate confusion, frustration and turmoil.

Now there’s help. A free brochure developed by Community Associations Institute (CAI) gives homebuyers a better sense of homeowner and condominium associations before they purchase homes in these communities. “Community Matters — What You Should Know Before You Buy” explains the nature, benefits and obligations of the community association lifestyle, addressing governance, rules, assessments, homeowner expectations and more.

You can download the brochure from the CAI’s website or here (PDF). This brochure is also ideal for real-estate agents and printed copies can be purchased in increments of 100 on the website or by calling CAI toll-free at 888-224-4321.