City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports first. Word is beginning to spread across the country, with an epidemic of poor design and shoddy construction, especially prevalent in condominium projects and all types of planned communities governed by homeowner associations. The common theme: housing consumers cannot count on city and county inspectors to prevent construction defects Continue ReadingCity, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

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

Unaccountable developers create big problems for condo, homeowner associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Let’s talk about one of the most glaring unintended consequences of enabling real estate developers to control residential communities large and small: no accountability to housing consumers. Allow me to explain. Prior to the 1980s and 1990s, a buyer could purchase a new home from a builder without being forced to “agree” to membership in a mandatory, covenant burdened, deed restricted, association-governed community. Each new home, even if Continue ReadingUnaccountable developers create big problems for condo, homeowner associations

HOA, Condo Construction Defects roundup (Fall 2016)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A sample of construction defects that plague Association Governed Housing Communities in the U.S. (Homeowners’, Property Owners’, Condominium, and Cooperative Associations in Common Interest Developments) Several questions come to mind: How are developers getting away with building poorly designed and constructed housing? What is the role of the municipality or county in ensuring that owners and residents are not investing their hard-earned money in unsafe, unhealthy housing and/or inferior Continue ReadingHOA, Condo Construction Defects roundup (Fall 2016)