Homeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I sort out half-truths and illusions surrounding homeownership in the U.S. Do restrictive covenants and homeowners’ associations really protect property values? Are consumers of new homes getting a safe, high quality product? Who truly benefits from the current housing policy? Listen in on the podcast here.  Referenced blogs: Firefighters say newer homes burn faster than old homes Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with Continue ReadingHomeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

Condo and homeowner associations losing popularity with today’s buyers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several weeks ago, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed On the Commons the changes taking place in the market for association-governed housing. There are some good reasons why home buyers have become less than enchanted with common interest development in general. The prevalence of community conflict and unpredictable financial risks are very real. We discuss some of those disadvantages in detail. Anyone considering the purchase of a condominium, co-op, townhouse, or Continue ReadingCondo and homeowner associations losing popularity with today’s buyers

On the Commons radio podcast Shu Bartholomew with Deborah Goonan

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday Shu Bartholomew and I discussed several important HOA issues, including corruption in HOAs, the misrepresentation of associations as “affordable,” HOA violations of individual rights, and double taxation of  homeowners living in Association Governed Housing Developments, among other things. You can listen to the podcast here: Shu Bartholomew On the Commons with Deborah Goonan The Chicago Tribune article we discuss is Chicago-area condo associations see wisdom in HOME Act, written Continue ReadingOn the Commons radio podcast Shu Bartholomew with Deborah Goonan