A tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities J Have you noticed a pattern with widely publicized media reports of construction defect settlements? They almost always seem to involve high end condo associations, with owners that can afford to hire the best attorneys to go up against prominent developers and architecture firms. Settlements in the millions create good publicity for construction defect attorneys, after all. But what about owners of modest means, or low-income owners of affordable Continue ReadingA tale of two HOAs plagued by construction defects

Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

CO Supreme Court decision may please home builders, but can home buyers count on safe, well-built homes?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Supreme Court decision in Colorado proves, once again, that stakeholders in the real estate industry such as developers and home builders, hold an unfair legal advantage over homeowners. The fix was in when governing documents for Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condo Association’s were created by Metropolitan Homes, Inc. – Continue ReadingDoes court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

State legislators want to prevent multi-million dollar HOA, condo construction defect verdicts

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I love it when I get the opportunity to present two different HOA reports side by side. It illustrates the level of controversy in the industry, and provides the reader with perspective. One hot issue is how to deal with shoddy construction of homes, particularly in condominium and townhouse communities with mandatory owners associations. Construction defects pose serious problems for any HOA or condo community where members share Continue ReadingState legislators want to prevent multi-million dollar HOA, condo construction defect verdicts

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 47 acres close to outdoor recreation opportunities. Common interests of the community include conservation areas, as well as provision of Continue ReadingNumerous lawsuits, AG investigations against New England developer