What to do when it’s hard to avoid an HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Readers often contact me with a difficult problem. They hate HOAs. But, in their home search, they cannot seem to avoid association-governed housing. And that’s not surprising when you look at the statistics for new home construction over the past decade. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Survey of Construction (SOC), the nationwide percentage share of new single family detached homes sold has remained steady, in the range of Continue ReadingWhat to do when it’s hard to avoid an HOA

What readers think about HOAs

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By Independent American Communities   IAC conducted several online polls for readers, covering issues involving association-governed, common interest communities. The polls ask readers about their experience with HOAs – homeowner, condominium, or cooperative associations. To see reader responses, click on “View Results.”  

Urban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you missed it, I published a page on IAC that documents the pros and cons of higher density, mixed use communities promoted by fans of New Urbanism. It’s a must read for home buyers, business owners, and investors, before buying a home or condo, or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community. But our Canadian neighbors to the North also feed Continue ReadingUrban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

Do HOA industry surveys prove HOA residents are satisfied?

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Should Americans put faith in CAI’s claim that the “overwhelming majority” of HOA residents are satisfied? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities From time to time, Community Associations Institute (CAI), issues news releases and email blasts, claiming that “objective” surveys prove the majority of Americans who reside in homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with their community association experience. Naturally, the community management sector of the real estate industry desperately wants policymakers and housing Continue ReadingDo HOA industry surveys prove HOA residents are satisfied?