City soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Abbey Glen condo association, developer preparing “private” roads for dedication to the town of Gibsonville   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some states dedicate all newly constructed roads to the local government — even streets in planned communities with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or condominiums. In other states, community roads may be considered private, even if there are no gates at entry points. Abbey Glen Condominiums, located in Gibsonville, North Carolina, is a community of approximately Continue ReadingCity soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Pocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate industry doesn’t often disclose one of the dirty little secrets about association-governed communities: an increasing number of once thriving communities are in serious financial trouble. One example is Pine Ridge. Its homeowners’ association governs a private community located in Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.  According to a 2016 report in the Pocono Record, “2,729 individuals live in the community that has 1,121 housing units.” At that time, according Continue ReadingPocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

Debunking 7 Myths and Half-Truths about HOA Life

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities You have probably heard plenty of marketing hype and political double speak from real estate sales pros and home builders that are bound and determined to sell housing consumers on the “benefits” of Association Governed Housing Communities. Association governed communities include homeowners, property owners, condominium, and cooperative associations. All of these communities share collective assets and liabilities, and that’s why they are known as common interest developments (or common Continue ReadingDebunking 7 Myths and Half-Truths about HOA Life

How government uses HOAs and special districts to create stealth tax

How many layers of government do we really need? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Have you ever stopped to think about all the costs associated with owning a home? Property taxes. Homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association maintenance fees and assessments. Insurance. Short and long term maintenance. Homeowners and home buyers may not fully understand that living in a planned common interest community comes with several additional layers of financial obligation. Today’s article illustrates Continue ReadingHow government uses HOAs and special districts to create stealth tax