HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   PALM DESERT EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE RESIDENTS FURIOUS OVER CONDO PLANS Vincenzo Marino APRIL 26, 2018 5:30 PM Imagine buying a home on a beautiful golf course. Then a developer comes along, closes the golf course, and plans to build condos there right in front of you. That’s what’s happened in …

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S. Ponte Vedra Beach areas planning MSTU for massive sand dune replacement project

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post provides another method of funding major community improvements, this one through the use of an ad valorem taxing unit. Many beach front home and condo owners have been unable to enter their properties since Hurricane Irma, when huge volumes of sand was swept away from beneath …

Investigative journalists confirm abusive nature of HOAs, common interest communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American communities   Nearly eight years ago, when my husband and I purchased and moved into a nearly-new home in a master planned community, we had only a vague understanding of what it means to own and reside in an association-governed common interest community. Like most first-time residents of homeowners, condominium, …

Homeowners, HOAs battle each other over private road maintenance

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners are beginning to realize that private community roads can be expensive maintenance headaches.   Kirk Ferentz, football coach, University of Iowa, continues a long-running battle with his neighbors, cancelling a settlement agreement announced in February. Ferentz refuses to join a homeowners’ association created by his neighbors …

HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated April 19, 2018 7:07 A.M. Course investor says, ‘I feel I’ve been duped’ By Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive Editor Apr 5, 2018 All he wanted, William Day told about 50 Club West residents, was “a solid investment that made sense.” Instead, he said, after investing $250,000 in Club …

NV Homeowners call Neighborhood Improvement District a “backhanded” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. I don’t know why local governments are getting involved in the business of neighborhood beautification. In my opinion, neighborhood beautification is …

Seattle officials want some condo owners to fund Local Improvement District for new waterfront park

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of shifting costs from private homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. Who should pay for Seattle’s ambitious new waterfront park improvements? It’s a hot …

Mississippi’s murky attempt at combining HOAs and Community Improvement Districts

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Residents of many planned communities developed 25-50 years ago find that infrastructure, amenities, and streetscapes of their neighborhoods are in need of a facelift, major repair, or wholesale replacement. However, the vast majority of HOAs lack reserve funding to make needed or desired improvements. And local governments are …

Thinking outside the HOA box – considerations for housing policy makers

Is “Living the Dream” truly possible for residents of homeowners associations? The stark realities of HOAs, condominium associations, and various types of housing cooperatives are well documented By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In the real estate industry, the concept of achieving the American Dream is alive and well. And, for many people, the …

Pima County government explores options to pay for much-needed road repairs

Frustrated homeowners in HOA, non-HOA neighborhoods consider taxing themselves by establishing Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How should Pima County, Arizona pay for more than $330 million in deferred road maintenance in its unincorporated areas? The issue is controversial. Roads all over Pima County are in poor condition, and …