Could state law override single-family zoning in California?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A highly controversial affordable housing legislative proposal, SB 50, is making waves in California. This week, the legislation introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) cleared its first Senate committee, with some amendments. If the hotly debated legislation passes both houses and gets Governor Newsome’s approval, SB 50 could increase property rights and remove local control of cities and counties. According to an LA Times report, several provisions of SB Continue ReadingCould state law override single-family zoning in California?

Three outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: an Oregon HOA wants to end mandatory contributions to a builder’s nonprofit; a Pennsylvania homeowner appeals a case that seems like an obvious condo board conflict of interest; and the Texas AG fights an HOA’s attempt to incorporate as a city. Do you know what those closing fees are for? Buying  a home is expensive. In addition to the purchase price, a buyer is likely to pay Continue ReadingThree outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

U.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When you look at the Big Picture, it’s easy to see why housing is so expensive in the U.S. Today IAC highlights 4 national trends toward higher density, multifamily housing, with a big emphasis on suburban condos and building more rental apartments. See if you can spot real estate industry PR, which is shifting away from detached single family housing, private land ownership, and homeownership in general. Also note Continue ReadingU.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments

Are billionaire private-equity firms exploiting mobile home owners?

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  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Beyond big cities, manufactured homes and mobile home parks are one of the few affordable housing alternatives for millions of Americans. But as small mobile home park owners sell to large real estate corporations, living conditions are deteriorating. At the same time, land rents continue to rise, according to one report in the Washington Post. The WaPo report is one of dozens I’ve read over the past several Continue ReadingAre billionaire private-equity firms exploiting mobile home owners?