HOA study shows link between prejudice and ‘weak’ local government

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Over the weekend there’s been some internet buzz about a newly released study on homeowners associations in the United States. The study, The rise and effects of homeowners associations, by Wyatt Clarke and Matthew Freedman, uses information technology and a mathematical algorithm to pinpoint HOA member homes across the United States. Their comprehensive data analysis points to some unsurprising conclusions. HOA communities tend to be racially exclusive, and HOAs are Continue ReadingHOA study shows link between prejudice and ‘weak’ local government

6 HOA promises vs. HOA realities

HOA suburb aerial view

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Home buyers may be drawn to HOA-governed housing because of all the so-called “advantages” promised by home builders and sales agents. But how many experience buyer’s remorse? In September 2018 Insurance Quotes surveyed 649 homeowners about their opinion of HOAs, revealing that a minority of people actually ‘love’ HOAs. Honest About HOAs analyzes survey data by board membership, the results are somewhat predictable. Among board members, 57% love HOAs, Continue Reading6 HOA promises vs. HOA realities

How one HOA deals with its traffic problems (LA)

Traffic jam parked cars

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Traffic bottlenecks are often an unexpected disadvantage of living in a planned community, especially when the HOA subdivision has only one road in and out. All of the curvy loop roads and cul-de-sacs connect to a few main artery roads, sort of like branches extending from a tree trunk. The result: vehicles often travel on the main roads at unsafe speeds, ignoring stop signs. And during morning and evening Continue ReadingHow one HOA deals with its traffic problems (LA)

Debunking HOA ads and press releases

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The HOA industry often bombards home buyers with articles that appear as helpful home buying advice. But a careful reader will spot (dozens) of misleading statements in press releases that double as cleverly disguised advertising and political propaganda. For example… Are HOAs really popular with home buyers? Industry-promoted articles brag that millions of homes, condos, and co-ops are sold each year in the U.S. Community Associations Institute, an HOA trade Continue ReadingDebunking HOA ads and press releases