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)

HOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An update to the 2016 article Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI. A reminder that the trade group does not represent the interests of 70 million homeowners and residents in associstion-governed communities.   In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claimed to be the “single most credible resource not just for community managers and board members but also for the tens of millions of Americans who make their homes Continue ReadingHOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

Exposing corruption in the affordable housing industry

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do governments and private individuals spend affordable housing taxpayer dollars wisely? Critics say the industry is plagued by fraud and corruption. What exactly is “affordable housing?” How many times have you heard the industry claim that it’s essential to build condominiums in order to provide more affordable housing? Multiple meanings It depends on who is promoting affordability. Real estate agents and developers often sell home buyers on the concept that Continue ReadingExposing corruption in the affordable housing industry