Kansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Few homeowners know what to expect when they buy into a planned community governed by a homeowners association. After all, home builders and real estate agents sell buyers on modern, attractive features of the home, pristine-looking landscapes, and neighborhood bling. You know, the sparkling community swimming pool, peaceful-looking nature trails, recreation centers, club houses, and, in some cases, dozens of planned social activities. Sales agents avoid serious talk about Continue ReadingKansas HOA special assessment conflict turns ugly

The dreaded condo HOA special assessment (FL)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities If you own a condominium that is at least 25 to 30 years old, it probably requires some major renovation. Typically, after about three decades of normal wear and tear, a housing complex will need a one of more of the following: a new roof, replacement of windows or doors, new exterior siding or substantial repairs to brick or stucco, replacement of wooden decks, resurfacing of parking lots and Continue ReadingThe dreaded condo HOA special assessment (FL)

Homeowners fight over money: $6K HOA special assessment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here we go again, with yet another HOA fight over money . The HOA board for Lincolnshire, a subdivision in Mission, Kansas, recently proposed a $6,000 special assessment to repair roofs, gutters, and chimney caps on its 33 townhouses. But under protest of homeowners, that proposal was rejected by the board last Thursday. According to the details, published in the Kansas City Star, homeowners disapprove of current board president Ellen Hoerle, Continue ReadingHomeowners fight over money: $6K HOA special assessment

Condo owners to pay $145K special assessment to fund $5.2M renovation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Imagine scraping together the down payment to buy a half-million dollar condo, only to be hit with a $145,000 special assessment a year later. That’s the nightmare for several homeowners in Pinnacle Condominium Association, a 36-unit, 8-building complex in San Rafael, originally constructed in 1980, managed by RealManage. According to a report in the Marin Independent Journal, the recently approved $5.22 M exterior renovation project breaks down as follows: Continue ReadingCondo owners to pay $145K special assessment to fund $5.2M renovation