Fairway Oaks, Jacksonville homeowners protest environmental contamination

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is an update to an ongoing story of environmental injustice. Fairway Oaks residents have been fighting a

Notable HOA, condo & co-op lawsuits (Jan. 2020)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Post summary: HOA won’t fix sinkhole undermining a townhouse; City sues HOA for its gate blocking access to

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac won’t buy condo, co-op mortgages in community Associations in need of critical repair

Just before the Christmas holiday season, both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued new “temporary guidance” for sellers of units in condominium and cooperative housing projects in the U.S.

On behalf of any buyer that’s planning to make a mortgage purchase of a unit, all condominium and cooperative HOAs must now disclose major deficiencies in the community, as well as any current or pending special assessments intended to pay for major repair and reconstruction. That guidance could be a game changer in the market for condos and co-ops.


Critics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to

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