By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you haven’t noticed, in just about every city and town in the U.S., housing costs are going through the roof. (Pun intended) Here in my home state of Pennsylvania, I’m starting to see reports of piecemeal government programs designed to increase the supply of affordable housing. For example, WBRE reports that four Monroe County organizations have received $300,000 in state grants to tackle the problem. Pocono Mountains Continue ReadingMy View: HOA-industry makes housing less affordable
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As this month’s update proves, some people are willing to pay extra to maintain a golf course, but most homeowners are unwilling. Even in sunny Florida. Owner of run down golf course hit with hefty fines The new owner of Stoneybrook West Golf Course, Winter Garden, FL, stopped maintaining the property 5 months ago. Miguel Vidal tried to convince the HOA’s members to kick in $50 per month for Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf community updates (June 2019)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org What will it take to rebuild safe access to a private 9-home community with no active homeowners’ association? It’s a neighborhood problem that has been brewing for at least 15 years. The issue: for decades, nine secluded properties on the northern end of East River Road were served by a private road crossed by Baker’s Creek Bridge. But 4 years ago, when it developed gaping holes, the city Continue ReadingWith no active HOA, who should pay for bridge repair on private road?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities email@example.com Does your HOA have what it takes to work well for residents? The industry that builds, sells, and serves homeowners’ associations (HOAs) promotes a wildly unrealistic premise — that unit owners and shareholders will forever engage in fair and friendly cooperation with their association leaders and their neighbors. Unfortunately, in the real world, HOAs aren’t always fair or friendly. In the U.S., reports of HOAs from Hell are Continue ReadingBuilding your Dream HOA — a Checklist