Pocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate industry doesn’t often disclose one of the dirty little secrets about association-governed communities: an increasing number of once thriving communities are in serious financial trouble. One example is Pine Ridge. Its homeowners’ association governs a private community located in Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.  According to a 2016 report in the Pocono Record, “2,729 individuals live in the community that has 1,121 housing units.” At that time, according Continue ReadingPocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

HOA President gets probation for breaking into home of neighborhood resident

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Disturbing reports of violence crime in private communities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities There’s no guarantee that a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association will be either safe or friendly. That point is clearly illustrated by events reported at a Natrona County, Wyoming, housing subdivision. Last November, according to reports and court records, HOA board President Wade Curtis Miller got drunk and went on a rampage against Brandt Loepp, a tenant renting a home on Continue ReadingHOA President gets probation for breaking into home of neighborhood resident

Oakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On May 27 (2018), according to local reports, four teens fired gunshots into the Clubhouse in the Oakwood subdivision in Lakeland, Tennessee, wounding three teenagers attending the party. A resident and member of Oakwood HOA says she rented the Clubhouse for a Sweet 16 birthday party for her goddaughter. Family members say they were chaperoning the party, and began turning people away shortly after 10 P.M. Witnesses say that four Continue ReadingOakwood HOA faces lawsuit filed by parents of shooting victims

The myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sales agents, developers, and management industry trade groups have been marketing condominiums as affordable housing, designed for residents who don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about many home maintenance tasks. But condo buyers, and even tenants need to recognize that condo living is not always as carefree as advertised. Today’s post cites several examples of condominiums that are definitely not well-managed or maintained, and, therefore, neither Continue ReadingThe myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living