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 …

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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” …

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 …