Is your community preparing for its annual HOA meeting? (Poll)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to industry experts, as the calendar year comes to an end, many homeowners’, condominium, and cooperative associations should be preparing their annual budgets, holding an annual meeting and election for board or trustee members, and generally planning for the fiscal year ahead. The to do list, as …

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Condo living not so carefree for these owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Owning a condo is not as affordable and carefree as real estate brokers and developers promise. When you share walls, roofs, and financial liabilities with co-owners, you have limited control over how association property is maintained, whether or not it is adequately insured, or who will ultimately make …

AZ condo owners win legal fight over $5M special assessment

New condo board faces difficult decisions - How to pay for new A/C without alienating condo owners   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The story of the iconic Phoenix Landmark Condominium, as reported by Catherine Reagor and Jessica Boehm of The Republic, is a typical example of everything that can go wrong for condo …

Living the dream: is it possible in HOA “community associations?”

The stark realities of HOAs, condominium associations, and various types of housing cooperatives are well documented here on Independent American Communities. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In the real estate industry, the concept of achieving the American Dream is alive and well. And, for many people, the Dream is not complete without owning …

HOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Indepdendent American Communities     Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course Aug 25, 2017, 2:22pm EDT Brian Bandell Senior Reporter South Florida Business Journal The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved a plan to build 521 homes on the former Marina Lakes Golf Course west of Delray Beach. …

HOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   STORMWATER ISSUES LEAVING CITY UP A CREEK (AL) by Emily Featherston September 22, 2017 Excerpt: Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy …

Why can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   While land planners and developers affiliated with Urban Land Institute continue to press for higher density communities - more housing units per acre of land - many local governments seem to resist taking density too far. You see, it turns out their constituents are not in favor of …

Mixed Use Density on steroids in Alexandria, VA

 Redevelopment plan calls for replacing 364 condos with 1,600+ housing units plus commercial By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes real estate news is presented in very misleading ways. For example, the headline of a news release for Huntington Club Condo Association (link posted below) tells only part of the story about the decision …

Viriginia Beach community displays the mean side of beach condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever dream of owning a condo by the beach, spending your Golden Years enjoying the sand and surf? What if you paid big money for your retirement dream home by the sea, but your access to the beach was blocked by a sand dune? And what if the condo …

Attack of US Sen. Rand Paul, tax sale of road in Presidio Terrace spark national discussion of property rights

Will recent bizarre incidents in high profile HOAs get Congressional leaders interested in strengthening rights of homeowners? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Two high profile incidents in HOA-governed estate home neighborhoods are gaining a lot of attention in the media recently. In both cases, U.S. Senators take issue with violations to property rights …