America’s suburban soul has no HOA

Suburban home blur street

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you noticed the a culture war against millions of U.S. residents who live in suburban and rural locations? The war is waged by a small but influential group of city planners, and New Urbanism Think Tanks. In their zest to design and build utopian cities, these urban elitists regularly bash the suburbs as undesirable ‘sprawl.’ The majority of urban planners seem to misunderstand non-city dwellers. In their minds, Continue ReadingAmerica’s suburban soul has no HOA

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Why do people who hate rules buy into an HOA?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Now here’s a good question that comes up over and over again, whenever a homeowners’ association horror story circulates in the news and across social media. And, if you read comment threads, you will inevitably see the typical responses: “I would never buy a home in an HOA,” plus the ever common “didn’t you know about the rules before you bought the house/moved in?” But these commenters assume Continue ReadingWhy do people who hate rules buy into an HOA?

These Texas homeowners don’t want an HOA, but developers are trying to impose one

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How would you feel if you went out of your way to purchase a home that is NOT governed by a homeowners’ association, only to have an HOA forced upon you a few years later? That’s exactly what may be happening in Key Largo, a subdivision in Converse, Texas, near San Antonio. According to an investigative report by KSAT reporter Dillon Collier, dozens of homeowners purchased homes in Continue ReadingThese Texas homeowners don’t want an HOA, but developers are trying to impose one

Reader’s Choice 2017: Florida legislation would ensure that HOAs can never expire

HOA suburb aerial view

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness is the first step on the road to justice for housing consumers. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and Continue ReadingReader’s Choice 2017: Florida legislation would ensure that HOAs can never expire

Can less than 20% of your neighbors force you to join a new HOA?

Photo: Morguefile.com free image of an unidentified stormwater retention lake in a subdivision. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED, November 7, 2017 Can your neighbors impose an HOA membership on you, after the fact? In Illinois, Apparently, the answer is YES. The News-Gazette reports the results of Monday’s meeting to vote on whether or not to create an HOA in Timberline Valley South. 94 YES votes outnumber 11 NO votes for the newly created HOA. Continue ReadingCan less than 20% of your neighbors force you to join a new HOA?