Don’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do you believe that HOA covenants, restrictions and rules help keep a neighborhood looking neat and tidy, discourage your neighbors from behaving badly, and foster some sense of community? If so, read on. All too often, we hear reports of overly restrictive HOA enforcement of rules. HOAs have been known to fine and sue homeowners over trivial “violations of standards” that range from painting the front door an unapproved Continue ReadingDon’t count on your HOA to enforce nuisance rules

What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     To solve any problem, it helps to identify its cause or causes. So as we attempt to tackle social and economic problems plaguing many of our association-governed, common interest communities, let’s look beyond the increasingly obvious abuse and HOA horror stories, and recognize that we have built this model of community housing on a false foundation. What are the building blocks in that foundation? What is causing Continue ReadingWhat is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

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