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

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): ...is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence …

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HOA residents stuck with safety hazards

Where were City and County Code Inspectors when these subdivisions were built? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities New subdivisions with homeowners’ associations are often sold to buyers as private communities designed to protect and enhance property values. In theory, a brand new home in a new subdivision should be easy to maintain, without all …

Kolter, a luxury condo developer, being sued AGAIN for construction defects

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   You would expect high quality construction of condos selling for $600,000 to $1 million. But for the second time in two years, luxury condo developer Kolter Group is being sued by a condo association for numerous, serious construction defects. In 2016, Kolter Group agreed to a $22.5 …

Metrowest (FL) affordable condo nightmares continue

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate industry often promotes condominiums as an affordable and low maintenance lifestyle. But today’s post provides yet another example of an affordable condo association nightmare. The Hamptons at Metrowest, Orlando, is a prime example of everything that can go wrong with an apartment to condo conversion. For …

WY: Lawsuit now involves 16 of Casper’s Mesa del Sol homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post highlights Mesa del Sol, Casper, Wyoming. In case you missed the previous post, according to a March 2017 report in the Casper Star-Tribune, dozens of homes in Mesa Del Sol Addition (West Casper) have allegedly been built with shallow foundations upon land sites with unstable and expansive …

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Today’s post is a Buyer Beware message. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water sports …

Guess what, America? Other countries have same condo & HOA problems!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some readers of IAC may be unaware that association-governed communities exist in other countries of the world. Most of them are condominium associations, but may be called by different names such as “strata” or “horizontal properties.” Detached homes in association-governed neighborhoods are called “villas” in many parts of the …

In this Texas HOA, working class residents feel unwelcome

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is another crazy HOA with #StupidRules. According to a report from ABC 13 Eyewitness News, Summerwood HOA in Houston has a rule against parking any work or commercial use vehicles in the driveway of a home. That’s a huge deal for Joey Albritton, a very busy plumber by …

Decoding HOA industry talking points

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the past few weeks, several HOA articles have been circulating on social media that just beg a response. Every one of these articles conveys the usual HOA industry talking points. They've been repeated many times, and in so many ways. After following the industry for more than 6 …

FL Developer ordered to turn over control of HOA to homeowners

Benderson Development Company has controlled Kings Gate HOA for nearly 20 years.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) recently ruled that the developer of Kings Gate subdivision, Victoria Estates Ltd. (Declarant), must hand off control of the homeowners' association to members. Victoria Estates Limited is …