NC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last summer, I posted an article about several lake communities struggling to pay to fix dams that are no longer safe or functional. In that article, I cited as an example several North Carolina lake communities. Devonwood-Loch Lomond, Rayconda and the Strickland Bridge Road Homeowners Associations’ and residents’ filed a Federal lawsuit to force the city of Fayetteville to rebuild their lakes’dams, all of which were breached during Hurricane Continue ReadingNC Homeowners Associations hope to get their day in Federal Court

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Don’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Jan. 22, 2019 Are you house hunting? Want to know more about homeowners associations? Unfortunately, many Realtor articles about HOAs are woefully inadequate and downright inaccurate. Today I’ll highlight some half-truths that you’ll read about HOA life on the internet. These examples are based upon actual published content.   Who’s in charge of the HOA? According to one agent from Texas,  The Community Impact Newspaper, Ask a Realtor column: Continue ReadingDon’t rely on a Realtor to explain Homeowners Associations (HOAs)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The common theme in this months golf course news: a homeowner has little to no control over the future of the centerpiece of the community. And, if homeowners want to retain a playable course or pristine green views, they’d better be willing to pay for it.     Residents Upset Over “Barren” Legends Golf And Country Club By Asher Wildman Lake County PUBLISHED 8:54 AM EST Jan. 15, 2019 Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Jan 2019)

Condo ownership not so affordable in Darien (CT)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to an article in Darien News, owners of 30 units at Clock Hill Condominiums can barely afford to pay their condo and land lease fees, as they struggle to maintain their common property. Condo owners pay $70 per month to lease land from the City of Darien, and an extra $300 per month in condo association fees for maintenance. Most of the residents are living on Social Security Continue ReadingCondo ownership not so affordable in Darien (CT)