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Buying or Selling a Home

When buying or selling a home in Original Northwood (ON), it is important to recognize the responsibilities and obligations created by the Deed and Agreement. A copy of the Deed and Agreement should always be provided to buyers at closing and the covenants governing the property explained. It is also helpful if a copy of the Architectural Guidelines is provided.

Sellers' and buyers' agents should ensure that the home has no outstanding covenant violations either related to the payment of mandatory maintenance charges to the Greater Northwood Covenant Association (GNCA) or compliance with the Architectural Guidelines. Information concerning the status of maintenance charges should be obtained from the GNCA’s management agent. The Original Northwood Association (ONA) through the Covenant Committee may have issued a letter indicating covenant issues related to the property’s exterior or there may be issues that could be identified. Contacting the Covenant Chair will allow conveyance of this information.

Sellers' and buyers' should be aware that failure of the ONA to enforce covenant violations does not waive its right to do so in the future. The ONA does not “grandfather” violations. Also, the existence of non-compliant materials does not mean that they can be replaced with like materials or that they are not in violation of the standards. It is a protection to seller and buyer for a seller to obtain a letter from the Covenant Committee at time of sale.

As required by the Maryland Homeowners Act, any outstanding covenant issues must be fully disclosed to the buyer by the seller. We urge home owners to resolve any outstanding covenant issues prior to putting a home on the market.

Further, in accord with the covenants, no signage is allowed in the neighborhood to advertise a property for sale or for rent. The only exclusion to this is the advertisement of an open house. Open house signage is allowed on the day of the open house, to be removed promptly at its conclusion.