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NC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last summer, I posted an article about several lake communities struggling to pay to fix dams that are no longer safe or functional. In that article, I cited as an example several North Carolina lake communities. Devonwood-Loch Lomond, Rayconda and the Strickland Bridge Road Homeowners Associations’ and residents’ filed a Federal lawsuit to force the city of Fayetteville to rebuild their lakes’dams, all of which were breached during Hurricane Continue ReadingNC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

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Don’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Jan. 22, 2019 Are you house hunting? Want to know more about homeowners associations? Unfortunately, many Realtor articles about HOAs are woefully inadequate and downright inaccurate. Today I’ll highlight some half-truths that you’ll read about HOA life on the internet. These examples are based upon actual published content.   Who’s in charge of the HOA? According to one agent from Texas,  The Community Impact Newspaper, Ask a Realtor column: Continue ReadingDon’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The common theme in this months golf course news: a homeowner has little to no control over the future of the centerpiece of the community. And, if homeowners want to retain a playable course or pristine green views, they’d better be willing to pay for it.     Residents Upset Over “Barren” Legends Golf And Country Club By Asher Wildman Lake County PUBLISHED 8:54 AM EST Jan. 15, 2019 Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)

How to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to The Cody Enterprise, an April 10 trial date is set for two lawsuits filed by a pair of homeowners and the Cody Ranchettes HOA. Both parties are locked in a pair of nasty lawsuits over the paint colors of the home of Kelly and Debra Hennessy. Last year, the Hennessys, who have lived in the rural community for more than a decade, chose to paint the siding Continue ReadingHow to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)