HOA, condo & co-op golf course community updates (May 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Former developers once filed restrictive covenants limiting future use of their land to a golf course.  At the time, municipal and county leaders made the error of allowing this to happen. No one stopped to consider what would happen in the future, when the business model no longer works. Decades later, thousands of golf courses across the U.S. have faced bankruptcy. Owners closed up shop and stopped maintaining the Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf course community updates (May 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf community updates (April 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities More golf courses in transition, and several lawsuits heating up, including a lawsuit against legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. From golf course to active senior community (GA) Summit Chase Country Club and Patrick Malloy Companies LLC have plans to build 257 homes for older adults, age 55 and up, on the site of an 18-hole golf course. The Country Club currently has 27 holes, and 9 holes would remain open Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf community updates (April 2019)

Land use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Cape Gazette recently published an article about a land use controversy involving a home-based business. Country Lawn Care & Maintenance LLC, c/o Gerald and Stephania Dougherty, is asking Sussex County to issue a Conditional Use (CU) application so the owners can continue to operate their business on their 4-acre property, as they have for the past three years. The Planning and Zoning board voted 2-2 the Doughertys’ application. Continue ReadingLand use covenants and local law collide in Sussex County Delaware

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