WA state HOA decides if rebuilding is worth the cost

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Homeowners in Sudden Valley, a large-scale association-governed community in Bellingham, Washington, have been fighting for several years about whether or not to preserve HOA property. In fact, an article was previously published on IAC in 2015 , discussing the HOA’s difficulty in getting a new budget approved, and then getting enough homeowners to agree to fund the newly approved budget. As you will read in the following update Continue ReadingWA state HOA decides if rebuilding is worth the cost

Apples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sometimes a story that is reported in the news is not actually news. Instead, it reads more like a soft sales pitch, an editorial, or, dare I say, political rhetoric. Take this recent article about a Nevada community meeting, where the topic of discussion included HOA alternatives. In my opinion, the article seems a bit like a political campaign for keeping the HOA. Read the article for yourself, and then Continue ReadingApples and Oranges HOA alternatives comparison

Dammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It never ceases to amaze me when an entrenched HOA board member insists upon going against the will of the people. I wrote about Dammeron Valley, Utah, a few weeks ago. At that time, three additional subdivisions had voted to exit from the 40-plus year old Landowners Association. Seven other subdivisions voted on the issue of removing themselves from DVLA, but lacked sufficient votes for a quorum. However, as Continue ReadingDammeron Valley HOA board not acknowledging recent exit of members?

Three more Dammeron Valley Utah subdivisions choose to exit HOA

Meadows and Ranches exited Dammeron Valley Landowners Association (DVLA) last year By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The association-governed, common interest community industry, led by trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) would have the public believe that the demand for living under HOA private government is high. But the reality is that more and more buyers are avoiding HOAs, condominiums, and cooperatives when they can. And homeowners in established subdivisions are seeking an exit Continue ReadingThree more Dammeron Valley Utah subdivisions choose to exit HOA