Mariposa Home Buying FAQ

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Buying a home is the most significant purchase most of us will ever make – which makes just starting the process a daunting undertaking at times.

Here are just a few of the questions buyers have been asking us and some quick answers to help us keep the conversation going on your purchase at Mariposa in Chandler.
How much money do I need to save for a down payment?

A common misconception is that buyers must have a substantial down payment to purchase a new home. Today’s reality is that a variety of programs exist to help buyers reduce the down payment amount and, in some circumstances, depending on available programs and subject to qualification, buyers may even be able to put $0 down!

What’s an HOA and why do I pay for it?

HOA stands for “Homeowners Association”. In residential communities with an HOA, owners are required to pay a monthly fee to the HOA to cover costs including the cost of short and long term upkeep for common areas and services such as streets, parks, landscaping and community recreation centers. 

Mariposa's HOA fee covers a range of recreational amenities and all common area landscaping and maintenance. Cottages homeowners will have a monthly assessment of $98 per month.

Courts homeowners will have a monthly assessment of $161 per month, which also includes maintenance of their front yard landscaping and their private auto court.

Towns' homeowners will have a monthly assessment of $199 per month, which also includes maintenance of their front yard landscaping, their private auto court (where applicable) and exterior maintenance of their building.

These costs can vary. Please call our Homebuying Counselor for additional information.

How good does my credit score need to be to be approved for a loan?

A good credit score does help with qualifying for a home loan. However, if your credit score isn’t where you want it to be, you may still be able to purchase a home. Lenders work with buyers at all levels of credit score and, if you have some time before you purchase, you can take certain actions now that may improve your credit score by the time you are ready to purchase. You can also have a trusted family member or friend co-sign on the loan to make the process easier.

Who should I reach out to to become pre-qualified to purchase?

If you are ready to pre-qualify or have questions about the process, our preferred lending partners are FBC Mortgage, LLC and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. To contact our Loan Consultants, please email Margaret Livingston (NMLS 309479) at or Jason McKnight (NMLSR ID 404019) at Please note that pre-qualification is only a preliminary qualification based on limited information and you will have to go through a more detailed qualification process to obtain final loan approval.

What are property taxes, and what is Mello-Roos?

The term “property taxes” actually includes a variety of different taxes and assessments charged against real property including, but not limited to a tax on the value of the property, various fees and costs of maintenance of certain public facilities assessments, and Mello-Roos special taxes. The combined primary and secondary tax rate for this subdivision for the year 2020 are $11.2866 per $100 of assessed value.

Will mortgage payments be much more than my rent?

Depending on the amount of down payment and loan terms, mortgage payments at Mariposa may be comparable to monthly rent for a two bedroom residence in the Chandler area. Also, there may be tax advantages to home ownership to consider. Contact your CPA (Certified Public Accountant) to learn more!


Reach out to our Homebuying Counselor Justyna Korczynski at or (480) 708-8328.

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