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

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

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)

Don’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Jan. 22, 2019 Are you house hunting? Want to know more about homeowners associations? Unfortunately, many Realtor articles about HOAs are woefully inadequate and downright inaccurate. Today I’ll highlight some half-truths that you’ll read about HOA life on the internet. These examples are based upon actual published content.   Who’s in charge of the HOA? According to one agent from Texas,  The Community Impact Newspaper, Ask a Realtor column: Continue ReadingDon’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)