PA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a report in the Observer-Reporter, two developers of planned housing developments in Washington County, Pa., have filed appeals to North Strabane Township’s “Amended Grading and Ordinance of 2018.” Last year, the Township updated its ordinance after a slope failure in the Majestic Hills development led to a catastrophic landslide and demolition of three relatively new homes. The incident led several homeowners to file a lawsuit against the Continue ReadingPA Developers appeal N Strabane Twp 2018 Grading Ordinance

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Laredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Indepdent American Communities Five homeowners in a Laredo, Texas, gated community are suing the developer and his family members, who continue to control boards of directors for two homeowners associations governing the planned common interest community since 1992. Attorney Doanh “Zone” T. Nguyen, Lopez Peterson, PLLC, of Laredo, filed the lawsuit in Webb County on behalf of the homeowners last week. In their third amended complaint, homeowners Guillermo Castro Jr., Petra Castro, Continue ReadingLaredo TX homeowners sue developer controlling 2 HOAs

HOA Issue #2: HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

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? Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Here’s a Buyer Beware message for retention ponds, wetlands. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water Continue ReadingHOA Issue #2: HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

HOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Real estate developers figured out a long time ago how to exert political influence over government officials and housing policy makers, from the local to the federal levels. For the past three years, IAC has provided more than 1,000 posts citing thousands of references to prove a point: The U.S. housing market is not determined by public need or consumer demand, but instead is heavily influenced by interested Continue ReadingHOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast