Census data show HOAs present few economic benefits to taxpayers, homeowners, local governments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The HOA industry is fond of bragging about the ever-increasing number of association-governed communities and housing units in the U.S., and makes grandiose claims that privatization of services in common interest, association-governed communities provides economic relief to both homeowners and local governments, keeping taxes low and home ownership … More Census data show HOAs present few economic benefits to taxpayers, homeowners, local governments

Research proves HOA, Condo fees have outpaced rise in home prices. Why?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I admit it. I am a bit of a research study wonk. So when I see a new study involving association governed communities, I read it carefully and with great interest. I look at the methodology. I consult other research studies, as well as literally thousands of anecdotal reports … More Research proves HOA, Condo fees have outpaced rise in home prices. Why?

HOA, Condo, Co-op policy news (Nov 2016)

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A monthly list of important housing policy and case law news of interest to housing/homeowner advocates.   Significant New Utah Case to Impact Associations June 23, 2016  (Hobbs & Olson Lawfirm, Utah) In a case released yesterday, Fort Pierce Indus. Park v. Shakespeare,   2016 UT 28, the Utah Supreme … More HOA, Condo, Co-op policy news (Nov 2016)

How does HOA litigation affect owners and residents?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 5 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in Association-Governed Housing. I read and analyze pages and pages of dry, verbose information, including legal opinions, to gain a better understanding of … More How does HOA litigation affect owners and residents?

10 tough questions for opponents of HOA reform

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Although it’s a Presidential election year, several states and  the US Congress are in the process of considering new or amended legislation that would affect Association-Governed Housing. At the same time, federal agencies such as HUD are considering new rules for FHA financing of condominiums. Local government planning boards … More 10 tough questions for opponents of HOA reform

Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA issues?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I get a lot of requests from homeowners and residents seeking help when things go wrong in their homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association. It depends on the issue, but I try to guide readers to limited available resources. The truth is, while the HOA industry is very lucrative for … More Where can homeowners turn for help with HOA issues?

Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claims to be the “single most credible resource not just for community managers and board members but also for the tens of millions of Americans who make their homes in associations.” But, does the trade group actually represent the interests of more than 60 million homeowners … More Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI

The (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After decades of swimming against the tide, housing consumer advocates across the U.S. are finally beginning to make some serious waves. Finally, an online and print media giant, McClatchy publishing, is willing to expose dysfunction in a large segment of the real estate market. You might remember that the … More The (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates

What do we know about Large Scale Associations?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you live in a Large Scale Association (LSA) or know someone who does? Community Associations Institute defines a Large Scale Association as a “community providing municipal type services with a minimum of 1,000 units or minimum of 1,000 acres and a minimum of $2 million operating budget,” … More What do we know about Large Scale Associations?

Moving out of HOA, condo community not always easy

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     “If you don’t like it, then MOVE!” How many residents of homeowners, condominium, or cooperative associations have heard those words? Too many. If you read any comment thread following a report of HOA horrors, Condo chaos, or disputes over restrictive covenants, you will find at least one … More Moving out of HOA, condo community not always easy