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

Homeowner wrongfully blamed for HOA clubhouse shooting in Memphis

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How would you feel if you rented your homeowners’ association clubhouse for a party, and you were blamed when some uninvited guests decided to shoot up the clubhouse after they were denied entry to the party? It happened to a woman who owns a home in Oakwood subdivision, in Lakeland, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis. According to recent reports, an unidentified homeowner rented the HOA’s clubhouse for a Continue ReadingHomeowner wrongfully blamed for HOA clubhouse shooting in Memphis

(OH) City of Whitehall seeks eminent domain, offers to purchase Woodcliff Condos for $9M

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATES: Whitehall City Council votes to move forward with condo purchase Meghan Matthews, 10TV.com PUBLISHED: 05/15/18 09:13 PM EDT UPDATED: 05/16/18 05:37 AM EDT WHITEHALL, Ohio A decade-old battle over property in Whitehall came to an end Tuesday night as City Council moved forward to buy it. Council members voted to go ahead with the purchase of the 37-acre site, known as the Woodcliff Condominiums. City officials say Continue Reading(OH) City of Whitehall seeks eminent domain, offers to purchase Woodcliff Condos for $9M

How HOA and non-HOA communities address crime problems & prevention

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As population density increases in some of the fastest growing real estate markets, crime rates also tend to go up. In many cases, municipal, county, and state governments have not increased the number of trained law enforcement officers to correspond with additional demand for services. The result is a scarcity of resources, and competition among various neighborhoods for limited services. At the same time, government attempts to catch Continue ReadingHow HOA and non-HOA communities address crime problems & prevention