SURVEY: Do you want to organize, improve our communities, and preserve the American Dream?

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Posted by Deborah Goonan

Dear Readers,

Are you interested in improving living conditions in homeowners associations (HOAs), condo associations, and cooperatives in the US? Or would you like to see a broader array of housing choices in the US?

A group of housing advocates is interested in organizing to promote consumer-friendly policies and standards for local governance and management of our communities, particularly those that are private, Association Governed Residential Communities (more commonly known as HOAs). We are conducting a CONSUMERFOCUSED survey of interested residents and former residents of HOAs in the US.

We want to hear from you:

  • What are the issues that are most important to you?
  • What is your perception of challenges and problems faced by Association-Governed Residential Communities, in general?
  • What has been your personal experience residing in HOAs, Condo Associations, or Cooperatives?
  • Why are you interested in change, and have you been involved in trying to make that happen?

The survey is sponsored by Sara Benson, proprietor of Association Evaluation LLC, an innovative, comprehensive community association rating service, the first of its kind in the US. Benson and Don DeBat, both of Chicago, are co-authors of Escaping Condo Jail, a book that exposes the truth and debunks the myths surrounding the condo lifestyle. Both authors are committed consumer advocates with a lifetime of experience in the Real Estate industry. Benson is a veteran Real Estate Broker and former HUD consultant, DeBat is a Journalist and Editor of Real Estate columns in two Chicago newspapers. You can read book reviews and learn more about the co-authors on

Please note that this survey is consumer-focused, and is NOT sponsored by Community Associations Institute (CAI), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or any other industry or trade group. Our goal is to give housing consumers a voice in US housing policy-making, and that begins with listening to your concerns.

Please take a few minutes to respond to our brief survey. We value your input and your privacy. Your responses will remain confidential, and will not be shared with salespeople, vendors, or anyone in your HOA.

Here is the link to the survey:

4 thoughts on “SURVEY: Do you want to organize, improve our communities, and preserve the American Dream?

  1. HOAs are a thinly desquised form or Communism. Congress needs to prohibit the spread of them by passing federal legislation. They breed corruption in that Board members and management companies have access to stealing funds or receive kickbacks from vendors & subcontractors. In other situations over zealous Boards hurt owners by fining them for petti violations or inflated fines.
    Please visit my web site
    I am a former State appointed Commissioner by the Governor for the Common Interest Community Commission in Nevada. I exposed GROSS CORRUPTION on this Commission
    which led to three Commissioners being terminated!
    Jonathan Friedrich
    Las Vegas NV 702 822 4555


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