What Is a Reserve Study: Everything You Need to Know?

Building your reserves to a larger number will help to protect against the effects of inflation.

Reserves and reserve interest are both affected by inflation. A reserve study can help you take into account the effects of inflation when calculating your reserves. Reserve studies are conducted by professionals. HOA board members may also conduct their own reserve studies.

In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about what a reserve study is and how it works.

What Is a Reserve Study?

A reserve study is a way to protect your community’s financial health. The study helps you to understand your community’s financial situation and your financial obligations. The study also helps you decide how to fund your community’s reserves.

You should conduct a reserve study regularly. The study will help you determine an amount to fund your reserves, including your capital reserves and operations reserves.

Why Is a Reserve Study important?

If you want to understand your community’s financial health, a reserve study is an important step.

A reserve study helps you understand your community’s financial obligations and liabilities. This includes the cost of debt service and taxes. The study also projects future costs and liabilities. This includes future property taxes, labor costs, insurance costs, and more.

Can Monies from Reserve Accounts Be Transferred Into Other Accounts?

Yes. It’s possible to transfer monies from your reserve accounts to other accounts.

Many HOAs make the mistake of using monies from the reserve accounts without an understanding of how the monies are being used. If you want to transfer reserve monies to other accounts, you will want to make sure that you’re doing it for the right reason and that you’re following all of the appropriate laws.

Can Funds Be Transferred From Reserve Accounts to Pay for Dues?

The law is not clear on whether funds can be transferred from the reserve Accounts to pay for dues.

Transferring monies from reserve accounts to pay for dues is actually a common practice. In many cases, HOAs will transfer monies from the reserve accounts to pay for dues. In many cases, associations will transfer monies from the fund reserve to pay for dues.

Despite being a common practice, the law is not clear on whether funds can be transferred from the fund reserve to pay for dues. In fact, many HOA attorneys and organizations suggest that monies should not be transferred from the reserve accounts to pay for dues.

Getting FHA and VA Backed Mortgages With Reserve Studies

Getting FHA and VA-backed mortgages with an FHA reserve study, FHA reserve analysis, or VA Funding Statement can be a difficult process.

Although VA loans and FHA loans tend to include significant upfront costs, they can be very beneficial in the long run.

If you are considering a VA loan, you will need to make sure that your community has a VA funding statement. This is a document that can be issued by a third party to help you get a VA loan. You will need a VA funding statement to get a VA Loan.


If you are not already conducting a reserve study for your community, you should strongly consider doing so. A reserve study is an important step to take when you want to protect your community’s financial health. 

If you need help conducting a reserve study, California Builder Services can help. We are a California land subdivision consultant that can help you sort out the necessary paperwork. Get in touch with us today to learn how.

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