Vegas security guard charged with first degree murder following deadly shooting at Mountainside Condos

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities News of a recent shooting at Mountainside Condominiums in Las Vegas has made national news. Associated Press reports that Trayvone Crocket was shot by Malik Kendrick, a security guard employed at Mountainside. Crocket died from his injuries, and a 14-year old girl who was with Crocket at the time was injured in the hand and wrist by gunshot. AP reports that a coroner has ruled the death a homicide. Continue ReadingVegas security guard charged with first degree murder following deadly shooting at Mountainside Condos

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

What do we know about Large Scale Associations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you live in a Large Scale Association (LSA) or know someone who does? Community Associations Institute defines a Large Scale Association as a “community providing municipal type services with a minimum of 1,000 units or minimum of 1,000 acres and a minimum of $2 million operating budget,” and estimates there are 6000-9000 LSAs in the U.S. Think Active Adult communities, Master Planned communities, and small town sized subdivisions Continue ReadingWhat do we know about Large Scale Associations?

Studies conclude that HOAs, CC&Rs have little to no impact on property values of mature communities

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I recently became aware of a white paper produced for trade group Community Associations Institute in 2015. Today’s post shares highlights and analysis of the study entitled, The Impact of Community Associations on Residential Property Values: A Review of the Literature. (Prepared by: Erin A. Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA) Thanks to homeowner and IAC reader, Margaret Dutton, for sharing a link to the study.   Purpose of Continue ReadingStudies conclude that HOAs, CC&Rs have little to no impact on property values of mature communities