By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One very important consideration for condo buyers: be aware that you may someday be forced to sell your condo unit, perhaps even at a financial loss. The risk is very real and substantial. That’s a dirty little secret that’s not disclosed to condominium buyers before they sign the sale … More Are condo to apartment conversions good or bad for owners?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Where should adults with disabilities live? What if those adults require round-the-clock assistance for daily living? And what if there are no family members able to provide supervision and care? That’s the purpose of organizations such as Heart to Heart LLC and Orion Care Services LLC: to provide in-home supervision … More Are Townships, Townhouse Associations, discriminating against the disabled?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Reports about golf course communities show up in my news feeds at the rate of several per month these days. Here’s a sampling of the choices many homeowners are facing, as the popularity of golf continues to wane, and the expense of course upkeep continues to rise. Solutions are not … More HOA conflict in golf communities becoming the norm
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A reader forwarded this KHON TV report on Village Park homeowners’ association in Honolulu. A homeowner contacted the news station when she received notice of a special assessment from her HOA. Here’s the KHON TV report: Residents upset over extra homeowners fee to cover hundreds who defaulted on … More HOA delinquencies cause division
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Despite the fact that local newspapers and television stations are reporting on unsafe, unsanitary, and downright horrific living conditions of residents in distressed condominiums, most Americans remain unaware of this growing trend, and its contribution to a national affordable housing crisis. One of the biggest social problems with so-called … More Lynnhill Condominiums in Temple Hills, MD, has long history of distress
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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Every year, quite a few states launch legislative efforts to improve the “mess” that exists in so many homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. More often than not, those efforts fail. More on why that’s the case in a moment. First, let’s look at…
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last year it was South Carolina dealing with record-setting rainfall and dozens of breached dams that led to downstream flooding. This year it’s North Carolina’s turn. Same issue, different state. Hundreds of dams have been constructed to create lakes used for recreation or flood control. Many of these lakes … More NC floods: private dams known to be deficient for decades
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As reported on October 2, dozens of residents were evacuated from River Towers Condominium when structural columns suddenly shifted, dropping the entire high-rise building several inches. Fairfax County engineers have since evaluated the structural damage, and deemed affected units unsafe. In fact, all three towers show signs of … More River Towers Condo residents frustrated by lack of information
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A few months ago I wrote about a situation in Dunwoody, Georgia. The City Attorney warned that allowing Dunwoody HOA (DHA) board members to also serve on City Council boards could lead to conflicts of interest. Although DHA is a voluntary association, there were concerns that dual membership … More City of Dunwoody should have discussed dual HOA, City board memberships in open
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Although it’s a Presidential election year, several states and the US Congress are in the process of considering new or amended legislation that would affect Association-Governed Housing. At the same time, federal agencies such as HUD are considering new rules for FHA financing of condominiums. Local government planning boards … More 10 tough questions for opponents of HOA reform