One year later: Recovery of condos & HOAs after Hurricane Harvey (TX)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated entire neighborhoods in the Houston area, several association-governed, common interest communities are struggling to recover. A slow, uncertain recovery for The Pines Condominium At the Pines Condominium, ground floor units were flooded with several feet of water contaminated by raw sewage. According to reports, the black water inundated the established condo community for 10 days. Unfortunately, the condo association had no flood insurance. Continue ReadingOne year later: Recovery of condos & HOAs after Hurricane Harvey (TX)

NC: After two decades, Sago Bay HOA gets flood relief from New Hanover County

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Hurricane season is well underway, and Sago Bay community in North Carolina was recently flooded by several feet of water — up to 7 feet in some areas — after several days of steady, higher than average rainfall. This wasn’t a hurricane or a named storm. That’s what makes homeowners uneasy. If their neighborhood storm water pipe cannot handle a week’s worth of rain, how can it possibly handle Continue ReadingNC: After two decades, Sago Bay HOA gets flood relief from New Hanover County

Tucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Continental Reserve HOA  is a planned community of 1,326 homes managed by Associa-Tucson, established in 2002. Typical of many desert communities in Arizona, its storm water system consists of dry riverbeds called “washes.” Most of Arizon’s rain falls in the monsoon season, which runs from June 15 – September 30. Storms can happen suddenly, are sometimes accompanied by high winds, and create torrential downpours. Rain water is temporarily collected in Continue ReadingTucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

Condo living not so carefree for these owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Owning a condo is not as affordable and carefree as real estate brokers and developers promise. When you share walls, roofs, and financial liabilities with co-owners, you have limited control over how association property is maintained, whether or not it is adequately insured, or who will ultimately make  repairs when necessary. And here is a little known fact. Even though you pay assessments regularly, there’s no guarantee your Continue ReadingCondo living not so carefree for these owners