By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities email@example.com As HOA-governed communities prepare for their annual meetings, board members may try to hand-pick their favored candidates. How do they choose the best people for the job? Here’s a satirical explanation. ♦ How to select ideal HOA, condo, co-op board candidates
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org This morning in my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon the most recent Public Relations video by HOA-industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI). It’s an attempt to urge housing consumers to “be an informed home buyer.” In its latest defensive move, CAI directly addresses highly unpopular and controversial rules in HOA-governed communities. If you’ve been following HOA news across the U.S., you know that HOAs are getting a Continue ReadingIs CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities email@example.com When things go wrong with your HOA, can you find justice in court? Lots of homeowners think they can — until they’re knee-deep in a long, drawn-out lawsuit. I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 7 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in HOA-Governed Housing. This updated repost summarizes the challenges homeowners face in fighting their Continue ReadingHOA lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org As we approach the 2020 election cycle, it reminds me that housing politics is mostly driven by separate but competing agendas of the real estate industry. Yet, curiously, both ends of the political spectrum lead to the same endgame — new construction of homes in HOA-governed, common interest communities. Here’s my analysis of how and why political party agendas keep feeding the HOA industry, which limits the Continue ReadingPolitical division feeds the HOA industry