Owning a property in Muirfield Village has so many benefits:
a beautiful area to call home,
and a convenient location
in one of the finest small cities in the country.
Ownership also comes with the responsibility
to comply with the Warranty Deed and Design Standards.
All properties that are a part Muirfield Village are bound by these standards.
The standards ensure continued high property values.
Deciding to purchase a home requires a lot of consideration.
These are some important topics a potential resident should
know when thinking of purchasing in Muirfield Village:
The Association staff is happy to help! Email
call the office at 614-889-0922, or stop by the office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Muirfield Village is a Planned Unit Development
Muirfield Village is a Planned Unit Development,
which means there are standards that govern
construction, renovations, and what is permitted to occur with the home
and on properties in general.
These standards come from the
Declaration (Warranty Deed)
plus Design Standards found in
Enforcement of these standards, called Deed Enforcement,
ensures property owners of a rich quality of life and secure property values.
There is an HOA (Homeowners Association), which is Muirfield Association, Inc.
One of the duties of the HOA is to enforce community standards.
Most residents welcome and desire having community standards.
However, some homeowners do not care to have their choices governed.
Potential owners may wish to review the
Declaration (Warranty Deed -
and the Resident Handbook
to understand Muirfield Village rules and regulations
before committing to purchase.
Approval Required for Exterior Property Changes
All plans for exterior property changes, additions, and/or removals
must be reviewed and approved by the Design Control Committee before
any work begins.
(Muirfield Association does not regulate what changes occur on the interior of a house.)
Some examples include, but are not limited to:
Home additions, new garages, and storage buildings;
All play equipment such as basketball units,
trampolines, swing sets, sports nets and other recreation equipment;
Roof replacements (partial replacements or patching is not permitted);
Landscaping changes such as adding/removing trees, bushes, shrubs,
perennials, and gardens;
Exterior paint colors
There are also requirements for the quality of materials used in construction,
exterior renovations, and on properties.
Guidelines and applications for nearly every
project can be found in the
Essentially, approval is required for anything that occurs on the exterior of the home or on the property.
However, residents do not need approval to:
Make interior changes of any kind to their home.
Add an invisible fence. No advertisements/signage are permitted on the property.
It is prohibited to install invisible fencing in an easement area or City right-of-way.
Plant annual flowers in existing beds. The creation of new beds requires approval.
Repaint or restain the home, trim, or exterior accessory the exact same color.
The Association strongly recommends residents contact the office to ensure that the
color they are repainting/restaining with has already been approved and is on file with the office.
Replace rotted siding or deck boards with the exact same material.
For example, rotten wood boards on a deck can be replaced with wood.
However, if an owner wishes to replace wood with a composite or other material, approval is required.
Place a "For Sale" sign on the property. However, there are specific signage requirements.
Read sign policies here.
Radon Unit Approval Necessary:
If a seller is required to add a radon mitigation unit
as a condition of sale,
its location and screening must be approved
before the unit is installed.
If the current owner
does not obtain approval to install the unit,
the property will be in violation and
the new owner will need to correct violation.
The current owner will need to submit a plan in the event a radon unit must be added.
Radon unit guidelines and the application may be found here.
Deed Violations Are Attached to Properties
When choosing a new home in any community,
buyers generally want to learn about any potential problems beforehand.
If a home has problems such as mold, water leakage, or insects,
the buyer will inherit the problems if they are
not corrected by the seller.
Similarly, it is very important to understand that
a new owner of a home in Muirfield Village
will inherit any uncorrected violations of the Warranty Deed and Design Standards
and will be required to remedy the situation in order to bring the property into compliance.
Per Article 8 of the Warranty Deed, opening paragraph,
property violations are attached to the property itself.
They are not attached to the owner.
A property will not cease to have violations simply because it
is transferred to a new owner.
If violations are not corrected before the property transfers ownership,
the new owner will be responsible for correcting them.
One possible example is a radon unit that was installed without approval.
If the installation was not approved by the Design Control Committee
and the unit is discovered by the Association,
the new owner would be required to submit a proposal
for the location of the unit and will likely need to paint the unit and/or plant
evergreens to screen the motor.
Another example is dead or dying trees.
The Emerald Ash Borer has decimated ash trees in this area.
Dead or dying trees must be removed to prevent a violation,
not to mention serious potential property damage.
If dead or dying trees (or stumps) are not removed by the current owner,
the responsibility and cost of removal and replacement
will fall on the new owner.
Correcting previous violations may take time and money
plus cause distress for a new owner.
With this in mind:
Potential buyers may wish to ask the current owner
questions about the current status of the property
and if there are any outstanding violations.
Do you have questions about violations in general or any material in the
Declaration, Property Policies, or Resident Handbook
or any rules, regulations, or standards for Muirfield Village?
We welcome and encourage you to
contact us or call 614-889-0922!
Requesting Property Changes Before Purchase
Sometimes, potential residents will only want to move to Muirfield
if they will be permitted to install elements, such as a pool or
recreation equipment, or make other changes to the property,
such as removing trees and landscaping or adding a house addition.
The Design Control Committee can only grant approval
for any change to the current
owner of the property.
Therefore, the current owner will need to submit a preliminary plan
for the change the potential resident would like to make.
There is no cost to submit a preliminary plan.
By purchasing a property in Muirfield Village,
an owner becomes a member of Muirfield Association.
This is a mandated association.
For the purpose of providing funds to operate the Association
and to make capital improvements,
the Board of Directors abides by Article 2 of the Warranty Deed
to collect an annual assessment.
In the history of Muirfield Association, Inc.,
there has never been a need to call for a special assessment.
The reserves are adequate and the Board of Directors has been fiscally
responsible when working with capital expenditures and operating budgets.
Here's what future owners should know about the assessment:
The annual assessment rate is $2.20 per $1,000 of the fair market value of the property
as determined on or about January 1 of each year by the County Auditor.
The formula listed below will help figure out the amount.
Real estate agents may also call the office and ask the amount.
Because the annual assessment is based on the auditor's current valuation of the property
and because the auditor re-assesses properties every three years,
the annual assessment amount may go up or down if
the auditor assigns a different fair market value to the property.
The assessment is billed one year in arrears, similar to property taxes.
For example, the annual assessment for 2017 will be billed in 2018.
The assessment is billed annually. The invoice is usually sent in late January. Invoices will arrive
either in the mail or by email, depending on the method of delivery the resident chooses.
Residents have 30 days to pay the balance.
The seller must pay their proportionate share of the current year's assessment
through the date of closing. This amount will be listed on the settlement statement.
The buyer will be billed the following January for the unpaid balance
(unless the title company, by their choice, bills the buyer at the time of closing).
There are two gated communities that have additional biannual assessments.
The rate fluctuates based on actual cost. Please contact the Association for more information
Some properties are part of sub-associations which have their own additional fees.
Take the fair market value as placed on the property by the county auditor
and multiply it times .0022 to get the annual assessment.
For example, if the fair market value of a property as of January 1 is $300,000,
the invoice for the prior year (January 1 through December 31)
will be $660.00.
The Declaration governs all properties in Muirfield Village.
However, some Muirfield neighborhoods have additional architectural and
maintenance restrictions that are enforced by separate sub-associations.
Sub-associations may charge additional fees that are entirely separate
from the annual assessment. Each sub-association sets the fee amount,
the frequency (for example, billed quarterly or yearly), and what the fee covers.
For information regarding fees, property restrictions,
or maintenance performance in a sub-association,
visit the Sub-Associations page
and contact the appropriate neighborhood representative and/or property maintenance agency.
If in doubt whether a property is part of a sub-association or not,
please contact the office.
Contact the office at 614-889-0922, email
or stop by the office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for assistance.
We'd be happy to assist you!