HOA Issue #9: Worldwide condo, strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

Worldwide-condo-strata

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s featured collection of HOA articles about condo and strata common interest and planned communities around the world. Leasehold scandal: Developers could face criminal charges for breaking consumer protection rules when selling new build homes (U.K.) Buyers were not made aware of vital details prior to purchasing property Purchasers have been affected up and down the country Conveyancers and solicitors may also be held to account By WILL Continue ReadingHOA Issue #9: Worldwide condo, strata corruption & dysfunction (July 2018)

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HOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Real estate developers figured out a long time ago how to exert political influence over government officials and housing policy makers, from the local to the federal levels. For the past three years, IAC has provided more than 1,000 posts citing thousands of references to prove a point: The U.S. housing market is not determined by public need or consumer demand, but instead is heavily influenced by interested Continue ReadingHOA Issue #11: Political influence of real estate developers: the heart of the HOA beast

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Nov-Dec 2018)

golf course view of back yards

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several new reports of golf course closures and plans for redevelopment. Easton Club, MD; Royal Oaks (TN); River Valley Ranch (CO); Vellano of Chino Hills (CA); St. Andrews (MS); Escondido Country Club (CA). Easton Club assoc. sues golf course owner (MD) Dec 14, 2018 The Star Democrat EASTON — The Easton Club Community Association and one of its members are asking a court to order Maryland Health Clubs LLC Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Nov-Dec 2018)

Potomac Landing homeowners protest changes to development plan (VA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Dozens of homeowners from a waterfront community in King George County, Virginia, are protesting a real estate investment company’s plan to change the nature of their planned community. The waterfront neighborhood of Potomac Landing is small and exclusive, with spacious homes located near the Potomac River, not far from Fredericksburg. Recent home sales in the community range from $330,000 to $500,000. Virgina Department of Transportation maintains Potomac Landing’s roads and Continue ReadingPotomac Landing homeowners protest changes to development plan (VA)

Owners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment

Sanitary sewer Sewage cap

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of twenty estate homes in the Greenbrook Manor subdivision, located in the Village of River Hills, recently learned they might have to pay a $11,404 special tax assessment to the city, to pay for a new sewer lift pump. No, Greenbrook Manor is not a planned community, and there’s no homeowners’ association (HOA). Although homeowners obtain their water supply from private wells, the Village of River Hills operates Continue ReadingOwners with no HOA, public sewer, face $11,404 tax assessment