KC Star continues its Special Report on HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The HOA dilemma: Real change begins with education and awareness.   Just in time for the holiday break, Kansas City Star has published an update to their HOAs from Hell series. Judy L. Thomas tells me that, since the original HOA series appeared in August, her email has been inundated with horror stories. I don’t doubt it, as I receive my fair share of messages from frustrated owners and Continue ReadingKC Star continues its Special Report on HOAs

How did we get to HOA hell?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How did we get to HOA (homeowners association) hell? To answer that question, today I want to call the reader’s attention to a few highlights from the lead story in Kansas City Star’s HOAs from hell: Homes associations torment residents they’re supposed to support (by Judy Thomas)   Local Governments as HOA enablers First, we have a statement made by a city director of planning and codes, as to why there Continue ReadingHow did we get to HOA hell?

The (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After decades of swimming against the tide, housing consumer advocates across the U.S. are finally beginning to make some serious waves. Finally, an online and print media giant, McClatchy publishing, is willing to expose dysfunction in a large segment of the real estate market. You might remember that the Miami Herald recently did a special report on voting fraud and corruption in South Florida condo associations. If you missed Continue ReadingThe (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates