Owners of mold infested condo consider dissolving association

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Unit owners are reportedly considering dissolving their leaky, mold-infested condo association in Winter Haven, Florida. In a report from ABC Action news, condo manager Joe Garrison explains that only 60% of owners at Royal Crescent Condominium are paying their monthly assessments, currently about $300. Condo owners say they’ve been complaining about persistent water leaks for at least the past two years. Condo management has not been able to find the Continue ReadingOwners of mold infested condo consider dissolving association

5 ways HOA, condo, & co-ops take control of your property and your life

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Before you buy into an association-governed common interest community, be aware that you will give up a lot of control  over your own home and personal lifestyle choices. Here are 5 ways that life in HOA-ville limits your rights and control over your home. 1. You’ll have to follow lots of rules Life in HOA-ville is full of rules and restrictions. The industry sells many buyers on Continue Reading5 ways HOA, condo, & co-ops take control of your property and your life

HOA storm water ravine destroys their home, neighbors get nasty

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several months ago, I told you about the plight of Joe and Jill Nixon of Weston Lakes, in Fulshear, Texas. According to a new report by Dolcefino Consulting, nearly two-thirds of Nixon’s 1.6 acre property has now slipped into a deep ravine, due to severe erosion and poor storm water drainage. To date, Weston Lakes HOA has not done a thing to stop their drainage channel from eating Continue ReadingHOA storm water ravine destroys their home, neighbors get nasty

HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

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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 — that ornamental “lake” is nothing more than a retention pond. Its primary purpose is to collect stormwater runoff for environmental Continue ReadingHOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland