Study explores HOA power relationships of condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities IAC is pleased to announce the recent publication of an HOA case study co-authored by West Liberty University Professor Michael J. Marshall, PhD, HOA Warrior author Shelly Marshall, and administrator of Independent American Communities, Deborah Goonan. The article, entitled HOA power relationship, problem-solving, and communication patterns during a major building …

CAI-CLAC unfriendly to homeowners — here’s proof (CA)

Politics scrabble

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s post offers more proof that Community Associations Institute, California Legislative Action Committee — CAI-CLAC  is unfriendly to homeowners. If anyone reading this post still believes that CAI represents the interests of more than 60 million homeowners from association-governed communities in the U.S., today’s post should definitely change your mind. At …

PA: to homeowner’s dismay, Township won’t help fix sinkhole, because it’s on private HOA property

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’d be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten homeowners are unaware that their HOA may own the storm water management infrastructure in their community. It’s not as though developers and home builders have anything to gain by advertising the fact that future homeowners will be …

Is HOA trade group’s survey a valid measure of satisfaction?

How does Community Association Institute’s industry-sponsored research data compare to scientific studies of public satisfaction with local government?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Every two years, trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) rolls out the results of its survey of U.S. residents of association-governed communities, including homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations. CAI …

FL: In master planned communities, HOA members rarely get a direct vote

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesFor several years here at IAC, I’ve been posting articles about election and voting disputes in association-governed communities. Homeowners contact me regularly, complaining that their homeowners,’ condominium, or cooperative association engages in manipulative tactics and dirty tricks to rig elections or referenda on important issues that require a vote of …

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” …

Reader poll: Grade your HOA annual meeting

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

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 …