New research busts myth that HOAs protect property values

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this month I told you about research showing a link between prejudice in homeowners associations and weak local government. Now a new study by a retired Yale University researcher concludes that, contrary to industry claims and popular assumptions, HOAs don’t protect property values after all. Leon S. Robertson, PhD, is a sociologist/epidemiologist. His previous areas of research include medical care delivery, causes and prevention of injuries, and the effects Continue ReadingNew research busts myth that HOAs protect property values

Your opinion, please – HOA, condo, & co-op satisfaction survey

Woman question wonder HOA regulation

Take this 2-minute HOA, condo, and co-op survey, and share this post with family and friends. Tell Independent American Communities if you’re satisfied with your homeowners association board and your professional HOA manager. Share your opinion about HOA fees, special assessments, and fines. Click here to take survey: IAC Survey on HOA satisfaction, fees, and fines

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

Deborah Goonan, Shu Bartholomew discuss children, lemonade stands, and property rights On the Commons

Lemonade stand children

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities UPDATED June 12, 2012 This week, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed a sign of positive change for children and families in HOA-governed communities in the U.S. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Texas House Bill 234. It’s common sense legislation that gives kids the freedom to set up a lemonade stand on private property, without paying for a city permit. But here’s what make HB 234 noteworthy. It Continue ReadingDeborah Goonan, Shu Bartholomew discuss children, lemonade stands, and property rights On the Commons