By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help with HOA problems. What can you do when things go wrong with your HOA? It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for its major stakeholders, it is very loosely regulated – if regulated at all – for housing Continue ReadingWhere can homeowners turn for help with HOA problems?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate market is going strong. And the HOA-industry is going out of its way to woo first-time homebuyers, especially millennials. But before you write that deposit check, and sign the mortgage papers, and agree to live under HOA rule, review this ten-point buyer beware checklist. Here are the top ten reasons to avoid HOA, condo, and co-op homes in planned, mixed-use, and common interest communities. Continue Reading10 reasons first-time homebuyers should avoid the HOA, condo, or co-op
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities We’re well into legislative season across the U.S., as dozens of states consider bills that affect the rights of homeowners and residents of association-governed communities. And, as usual, stakeholders in the real estate industry continue to promote legislation that protects their profits, while opposing bills that offer consumer protection. Real estate developers, home builders, mortgage banks, and Realtor associations have the ears of many state and federal Legislators. They Continue ReadingHOA Homeowners, you may be contributing to industry lobbyists