What to do when it’s hard to avoid an HOA

Homeowner volunteers faces smiling

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Readers often contact me with a difficult problem. They hate HOAs. But, in their home search, they cannot seem to avoid association-governed housing. And that’s not surprising when you look at the statistics for new home construction over the past decade. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Survey of Construction (SOC), the nationwide percentage share of new single family detached homes sold has remained steady, in the range of Continue ReadingWhat to do when it’s hard to avoid an HOA


What the heck is an HOA?


By Deborah Goonan,  Independent American  Communities Today, let’s have a bit of fun with a game of  “what the heck is it?” Check out the video and references below, and try to figure out what your HOA is: a business or a government. And if it’s a government, what kind is it? Which form of government does your HOA most resemble? Let’s see. HOAs, particularly cooperatives and condominiums, limit ownership of private property. And they Continue ReadingWhat the heck is an HOA?

Andrea’s HOA battle is over. What now?

Red Rose closeup

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some of my readers know that, on January 31, advocates for rights of HOA residents lost another voice. Andrea Barnes died at the age of 46, leaving behind her husband, her parents, three children, other family members and friends. Andrea’s HOA dispute began in connection with her diagnosis of Meniere’s Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes problems with balance, constant ringing in the ears, and unpredictable Continue ReadingAndrea’s HOA battle is over. What now?

What readers think about HOAs

Woman question wonder HOA regulation

By Independent American Communities   IAC conducted several online polls for readers, covering issues involving association-governed, common interest communities. The polls ask readers about their experience with HOAs – homeowner, condominium, or cooperative associations. To see reader responses, click on “View Results.”