The slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA-industry trade groups promote housing development governed by homeowners and condominium associations as sustainable communities. But don’t be fooled. Those claims are nothing more than public relations and marketing hype. The truth is, most “community associations” succumb to a variety of problems and crises that lead to their slow, painful decline and ultimate death. Today I’ll highlight two examples.   Camelot burns to the ground, but HOA still collects Continue ReadingThe slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations

Family of child killed in gang shooting sues Las Vegas HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s a heartbreaking story that began last November, in the Traditions community in North Las Vegas. Eleven-year old Angelina Erives was sitting at the kitchen table with her family, when suspected gang members fired multiple gunshots into her home. Angelina’s mother, Anabel Sarabia, quickly pulled her three children under the table. Sadly, one of the bullets hit Angelina. Anabel, her husband, Alberto Sarabia, and Angelina’s two sisters, Dayanara Erives Continue ReadingFamily of child killed in gang shooting sues Las Vegas HOA

Florida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Does anyone actually believe the HOA trade group’s PR message that HOAs create a “sense of community?” If so, today’s post might change a few minds. You see, residents of The Village Association in Ormond Beach certainly aren’t feelin’ the love from HOA board member Richard Marcelle. The 66-year old man was arrested earlier this month, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police Continue ReadingFlorida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

Ex-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years ago, a former Citywide Protection Service security guard, working for the River Walk homeowners association, shot and killed 60-year old Jiansheng Chen, while he was sitting in his minivan, playing Pokémon Go. Last Friday, a jury convicted Jonathan Cromwell of 2nd degree murder and a weapons charge, and on Monday they jury recommended a 30-year prison sentence. Jiansheng Chen, age 60, was shot and killed on Jan. Continue ReadingEx-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather