Are CDD’s bad?

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Are CDD’s bad?

CDDs, especially in large communities, can take care of a large number of things. Usually, a CDD is made up of a number of HOAs, but in some cases (Lennar, looking at you) they will have a small community with both a CDD and an HOA.

Nowadays in new communities, the HOA dues are usually low (like a few hundred a year) while the CDD can be significant (1000-6000). What you get for that money does vary though. Obviously the roads, but I have seen CDDs where you also get:

  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Pools
  • Walking Trails
  • Gym, fitness center, community centers (sometimes multiple ones)
  • Irrigation
  • Trash pickup
  • Sewer and water treatment

So it’s much like Condo fees in that regard. Sometimes they are high because you are getting a lot for the money. They’re not blanket “bad”, much like everything else in life need to be evaluated for the nuances.

I do agree that they do not show up prevalently on most public sites like Zillow and Honestly, they should remove the property tax field and make the CDD field more prominent.

Kyle Sasser

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