OTC Podcast: Shu Bartholomew & Deborah Goonan (Sept. 2019)

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Free Speech, legal double standards, and signs of decline for the HOA industry By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com In this Sept. 27, 2019 podcast, Shu and I discuss HOA-ville’s assault on Free Speech. We talk about the HOA industry trade group’s double standards and ever flip-flopping legal and political arguments to suit their agenda. And I present some fascinating housing construction statistics on new single family and multifamily homes in HOAs. ♦ On the Continue ReadingOTC Podcast: Shu Bartholomew & Deborah Goonan (Sept. 2019)

Is it true? Are HOAs really “here to stay?”

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Do you believe that HOA-governed communities aren’t going away? Are you convinced that new development of planned communities, condominiums, and co-ops will continue, at the same pace, well into the future? If so, check out this updated look at the facts. The truth may surprise you. ♦   Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

See results of IAC reader HOA satisfaction survey

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week IAC posted a 2-minute,10-question HOA survey, what was also e-mailed to subscribers and shared on social media. So far, the results are fascinating, and somewhat surprising. Here’s a brief summary to date.   HOA fees and value IAC asked readers how their HOA assessments have changed in the past 5 years. Not surprisingly, 80% say that their HOA fees went up, at least a little. More than Continue ReadingSee results of IAC reader HOA satisfaction survey

New research busts myth that HOAs protect property values

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this month I told you about research showing a link between prejudice in homeowners associations and weak local government. Now a new study by a retired Yale University researcher concludes that, contrary to industry claims and popular assumptions, HOAs don’t protect property values after all. Leon S. Robertson, PhD, is a sociologist/epidemiologist. His previous areas of research include medical care delivery, causes and prevention of injuries, and the effects Continue ReadingNew research busts myth that HOAs protect property values