Private property rights should trump developer’s right to control communities

Why does U.S. housing policy allow developers to control the future of millions of property owners and residents in homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Check out my link below to today’s post from the Admin of the Build a Better Diamondhead Facebook page. Diamondhead, Mississippi, has been incorporated as a city since 2012, but the POA (Property Owners Association) still lives on. And the developer still has control over the Continue ReadingPrivate property rights should trump developer’s right to control communities

Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities   How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, “Homeowner Associations are not going away?” But that, dear readers, is nothing more than wishful thinking. Let’s start with the facts. The construction industry is building fewer new HOA homes and condos As explained in a previous post (Are homeowners, condo associations in a period of market decline?), the rate of new Continue ReadingReality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

Timarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

In the aftermath of Harvey, Woodlands Township, Counties, and MUD will each play a role In previous blog posts, I explained that, in general, association governed communities are not eligible for cash assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for post-disaster clean up and repairs. FEMA does not provide taxpayer funding for mandatory community associations, because, by law and for tax purposes, they are private organizations, not government entities. An exception might be made for Continue ReadingTimarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

As Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options

The architectural committee of the HOA is enforcing recently revised rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the board recently authorized further study of municipal and tax district alternatives. by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For more than a year, Spring Creek Association has been exploring HOA alternatives that would shift maintenance and public services to a municipal government or tax district. Back in April of 2017, the Incorporation Committee received a report from Hansford Consulting, and Continue ReadingAs Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options