Thanksgiving and private property rights

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes I agree with John Stossel, and sometimes I don’t. But this Thanksgiving video explaining the “tragedy of the commons” with regard to Pilgrim settlers is right on. Watch this brief video first, then see my additional commentary below. https://youtu.be/jZERvJemQLc Now think about the “tragedy of the commons” …

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Is your community preparing for its annual HOA meeting? (Poll)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to industry experts, as the calendar year comes to an end, many homeowners’, condominium, and cooperative associations should be preparing their annual budgets, holding an annual meeting and election for board or trustee members, and generally planning for the fiscal year ahead. The to do list, as …

Market share of new home sales in HOAs remains flat for 2016

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   It’s that time of year again. Below are highlights and analysis of the U.S. Census Survey of Construction statistics (Figures for 2016).   SOURCE: Highlights of Annual 2016 Characteristics of New Housing A total of 561,000 single-family homes were sold in 2016. Of all homes sold, 498,000 were …

HOA industry using anti-harassment rules to keep residents at bay

But industry advocates don’t seem to care about stopping abusive behavior of boards and their hired professional agents By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As a follow up to yesterday’s post about proposed legislation in Florida, with the intent to curb bullying and harassment in association-governed communities, I am featuring several articles from other states …

Are homeowners, condo associations in a period of market decline?

Analyzing the HOA "product" from a business point of view By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Anyone who has taken an introductory course in Marketing or Economics is familiar with the concept of Product Life Cyle. The business theory breaks down the life cycle of a product into four stages: Introduction, Growth, Maturity, and …

Institutional investors exploiting market for HOA single family homes

Investors move beyond bulk purchase of condos, expanding their inventory of rental properties   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities As a follow up to yesterday's article HOAs are built on foundation of property values, not social values, today's focus is on how institutional investors exploit the real estate market, increasing profits for their shareholders and …

How to make your HOA work for its members, a daunting challenge

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Overall, the industry that builds, sells, and serves HOAs promotes the wildly unrealistic assumption that unit owners and shareholders will forever engage in fair and friendly cooperation with their association leaders and their neighbors. But the association governance model is based on several faulty assumptions, and is dependent …