Dissecting the CAI white paper manifesto on Association  Governance (part 1)

A #ThrowbackThursday reminder that industry trade groups such as Community Associations Institute do not speak for the majority of housing consumers, nor do they reflect true American values.

Independent American Communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities


Today’s blog examines Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Panel Report on the Association Governance model, helping the reader to understand their political agenda. Part one will critique the Panel’s conclusions regarding relative size of associations and the composition of the boards.

Note to readers: CAI refers to Common Interest Communities (CICs) in their official white papers. The term is used to collectively refer to Association-Governed developments in all its forms – homeowners associations, condominium associations, property owners associations, cooperative associations, mobile or manufactured home associations, and master planned communities. 

The paper referenced today can be viewed here:

Community Next: 2020 and Beyond The Association Governance Model Panel Report


A few highlights follow, along with some common sense analysis. Let’s start at the beginning, with CAI’s core assumption that the growth trend for CICs will continue.

As a result of local government regulation, CICs are becoming…

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