By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities
After listening to residents, and reading and learning about issues affecting association-governed common interest communities for more than five years, as well as writing about them for almost three years, something very important is happening.
Finally, people are starting to discuss possible solutions to problems and alternative housing models.
When I first began participating in HOA discussion forums, most of the conversations were either an exercise in self-promotion, gripe sessions, or downright adversarial exchange. None of it was productive conversation.
A few years ago, the only news reports about HOAs, condominiums, and cooperatives were either press releases (advertising) or “horror” stories about displays of the American flag, holiday decorations, or houses painted blue. These days, the media is paying attention to more important issues such as theft and embezzlement, fraud, crime and blight in failing associations, fair housing violations and discrimination, HOA foreclosures, and…
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