Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities   How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, “Homeowner Associations are not going away?” But that, dear readers, is nothing more than wishful thinking. Let’s start with the facts. The construction industry is building fewer new HOA homes and condos …

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Timarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

In the aftermath of Harvey, Woodlands Township, Counties, and MUD will each play a role In previous blog posts, I explained that, in general, association governed communities are not eligible for cash assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for post-disaster clean up and repairs. FEMA does not provide taxpayer funding for mandatory community associations, …

As Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options

The architectural committee of the HOA is enforcing recently revised rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the board recently authorized further study of municipal and tax district alternatives. by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For more than a year, Spring Creek Association has been exploring HOA alternatives that would shift maintenance and public services to a …

Poinciana continues battle for independence

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been almost three years since Poinciana completed a feasibility study on incorporating as a city. At that time, a group of residents hoped that elected state and county leaders (Osceola and Polk Counties) would allow for a Referendum vote on the issue at the next general election. …

Hillcrest Farms HOA de-annexed from city of Kinston, NC

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Several recent articles have featured mature association-governed communities seeking annexation to a local municipality, or the establishment of a special district to assume important public services that the HOA is no longer able or willing to supply. Here's the flip side of the coin. Enabled by a …

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, …

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 …

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 …

West Virginia HOA seeks annexation to City

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The industry that builds, sells, and services association-governed common interest communities is fond of stating that these communities are an "institution" that is "here to stay." And, in fact, the industry, and many local governments, have intentionally set the HOA trap for decades, with complicated statutes and land …

Kansas Golf centered HOA may become third class city

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Highlands homeowners association has had its share of financial stress and turmoil. The golf course community, north of Hutchinson and within commuting distance to Wichita, was originally constructed in 1972. However, according to a recent article in Hutch News, the community consists of only 153 homes. The remainder of …