If you owe Homeowner’s Association fees, the HOA can put a lien on your home, making it more difficult to sell. Any liens on the home must be cleared before the closing, but the funds can come out of your proceeds or out of your pocket.
Possible to negotiate fees with buyer
It’s also possible to negotiate payment of the HOA fees with the buyer. A bigger issue than selling the house is the possibility of the HOA foreclosing on it if you do not pay the fees.