New! Take the 2017 HOA Consumer Survey

By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American Communities   Based upon results of a 2015 HOA survey conducted by the Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interest, Chppi is conducting a brand new 2017 HOA survey. The 2017 HOA survey focuses on homeowner advocates’ top 2 HOA concerns – lack of transparency and homeowner apathy in … More New! Take the 2017 HOA Consumer Survey

NJ Legislature considering amendment to HOA election procedures

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two New Jersey Assemblymen are sponsoring bill A-3163, an effort to make elections of executive boards in Association-Governed Communities more democratic. Among the key proposals: limiting the size of the board to 3 members in Associations with 11 or fewer units and a minimum of 5 members in larger … More NJ Legislature considering amendment to HOA election procedures

Numerous lawsuits, AG investigations against New England developer

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities New Hampshire Public Radio recently recorded a podcast and wrote an article about one of New England’s prominent developers, Brady Sullivan. Paugus Woods modular home community, Laconia, NH, was featured in the report. According to the HOA community’s website, Paugus Woods consists of 93 modular “villa” homes, nestled on … More Numerous lawsuits, AG investigations against New England developer

Owners continue to lose money following forced condo terminations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Back in October, the Bradenton Herald reported that Minnesota-based firm Riley Family Corp. had acquired more than 90% of units at Palm Cove Condominiums, and voted to terminate the condominium association. The company apparently intends to convert Palm Cove into a rental apartment complex. How did this happen? According … More Owners continue to lose money following forced condo terminations

HOA trade group embraces debt collection, credit reporting

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities By now most readers probably know that homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations can opt to work with Sperlonga Data to report delinquent assessment payers to Equifax. (In case you missed it, I covered that bit of news here.) Now, I can understand why it’s important for each member of … More HOA trade group embraces debt collection, credit reporting

Hawaii petition appeal for condo Ombudsman

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I have been contacted by Marcia Kimura, Hawaii Condo Unit Owner and Advocate, regarding legislative efforts to establish a Condo Ombusdsman plus regulatory Commission, similar to Nevada’s Real Estate Division (NRED). Kimura has started a petition for condo unit owners to show their support for proposed regulation and oversight of Hawaii … More Hawaii petition appeal for condo Ombudsman

Can Texas HOAs be reformed by legislation?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s featured HOA issue, featuring proposed Texas HOA legislation is DEFINITELY BLOG WORTHY! Homeowner advocates Attorney Bill Davis (Dripping Springs), Attorney David Kahne, and Harvella Jones of National Homeowners Advocate Group (based in Texas) say that homeowners associations often abuse their power to assess fines, late fees, and attorney … More Can Texas HOAs be reformed by legislation?

Embezzlement happens in Special Tax Districts, too

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The following report of an embezzlement arrest does not directly involve a homeowners association. You see, Diamondhead is a city in Mississippi. Well, actually, the community was born more than 5 decades ago as a master planned resort community along the Gulf Coast. So, yes, there’s still a Property … More Embezzlement happens in Special Tax Districts, too

Debate over Agrihood vs. restoration of Ahwatukee golf course (AZ)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In one large-scale homeowners association in Arizona’s desert, there’s a contentious debate over whether or not the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course and Country Club can be redeveloped as an Agrihood. An Agrihood is a planned community centered around a working farm with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Property owners … More Debate over Agrihood vs. restoration of Ahwatukee golf course (AZ)

Memphis: Fox Hollow HOA becomes dumping grounds

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Think living in a townhouse homeowners association means you’ll have a well maintained neighborhood? Think again. Fox Hollow HOA in Memphis, Tennessee, is so poorly maintained and neglected that a heap of trash and broken down junk welcomes residents and visitors to their community. The City has issued code … More Memphis: Fox Hollow HOA becomes dumping grounds