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Passing the buck: development tax districts, HOA fees make housing unaffordable

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Two recent investigative reports — one in Colorado and the other in Texas — shed light on a growing financial hardship for U.S. homeowners: developer-controlled special development tax districts. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On IAC, you can read thousands of posts documenting widespread dysfunction in HOA-governed common interest communities. But IAC also been follows reports of development districts set up to pay for infrastructure in new residential and mixed use planned communities. More often than Continue ReadingPassing the buck: development tax districts, HOA fees make housing unaffordable

Two U.S. citizens score important court victories related to HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com A Nevada HOA cannot reverse negligent misrepresentation verdict, and a federal court upholds First Amendment rights of the public on private streets. Nevada Supreme Court rules in favor of homeowner, affirms 2017 jury verdict of ‘negligent misrepresentation’ against HOA In 2003, Jonathan Friedrich purchased a home in the Rancho Bel Air neighborhood of Las Vegas. At the closing, the homeowner was presented with a copy of Covenants,   Continue ReadingTwo U.S. citizens score important court victories related to HOAs

HOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Fall 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The courts weigh in on excess HOA foreclosure sale proceeds, HOA assessments as consumer debts, disclosure document fees, HOA election bylaws, and CC&R amendments. Arizona Court rejects investor’s claim for excess sale proceeds following HOA foreclosure An investor, Patterson Commercial Land Acquisition & Development, LLC, purchased a home for $42,000 at an HOA foreclosure sale, paying off a $14,000 HOA lien. Incredibly, Patterson then filed a claim to Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op case law and litigation highlights (Fall 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op news digest (Dec. 1, 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA news highlights for homeowners, residents, housing advocates, and stakeholders in the HOA industry. Florida A well-written report of the futility of being the “condo critic.” Johnny Ray, 59, A retired resort developer from Michigan, purchased a condo at 3360 S. Ocean Blvd. several years ago, with the intent to retire to sunny South Florida. But he soon discovered a plethora of problems with the way the board was Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op news digest (Dec. 1, 2019)