HOA neighborhoods struggle with change

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities All neighborhoods change over time, as old residents move out and new residents move in. But HOA and condo communities tend to struggle with change. Why? It’s a fact of life. Over time, people get married or divorced. Adults move to new locations for career opportunities. Children grow up …

Honest HOA survey shows many young homeowners hate HOAs

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Check out a fascinating new “Honest” HOA survey by InsuranceQuotes.com. “Honest About HOAs,“ shows the love-hate relationship between owners and their HOAs. Thanks to several of my readers, who forwarded a link to a Washington Post article summarizing the new HOA survey by InsuranceQuotes.com. But before analyzing the InsuranceQuotes …

Not-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is America a nation divided by homeowners’ associations (HOAs)? Stakeholders in the real estate industry are fond of promoting association-governed common interest developments as utopian neighborhoods with a “sense of community.” You’ve probably seen the commercials for lushly landscaped planned subdivisions and villages, right? The ones that show happy, …

Do HOA industry surveys prove HOA residents are satisfied?

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Should Americans put faith in CAI's claim that the "overwhelming majority" of HOA residents are satisfied? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities From time to time, Community Associations Institute (CAI), issues news releases and email blasts, claiming that “objective” surveys prove the majority of Americans who reside in homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations are “overwhelmingly satisfied” …

Could Prop 13 ‘split roll’ encourage new non-HOA development?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities CA voters may consider Prop 13 'split roll' tax increase in 2020 In 1978, California's voters passed Proposition 13, a ballot measure that has significantly limited property tax increases ever since. Under Prop 13, a property owner's tax assessment is limited to one percent of a property's taxable value …

HOA, condo, coop Golf Community updates (Oct. 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In many golf communities, the course and Country Clubs are privately owned and managed. When the golf business stops making a profit for its owner, the land and related facilities are put on the market, in hopes of finding a willing buyer. However, there aren’t many buyers of …

HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado HB18-1175 Colorado statute has required licensure for Community Association Managers since July 1, 2015. But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018. This Legislative session, HB18-1175 was introduced to extend manager licensing for another 5 years, until 2023. The bill was considered in …

Firefighters say newer homes burn faster than old homes

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many home buyers prefer the modern features of a new home. They enjoy the comfort and convenience of extra bathrooms, kitchens with new cabinets and appliances, and energy-efficient features. But lately I’ve been seeing some disturbing reports about the quality of some modern building materials. Specifically, three widely used …

Studies conclude that HOAs, CC&Rs have little to no impact on property values of mature communities

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I recently became aware of a white paper produced for trade group Community Associations Institute in 2015. Today’s post shares highlights and analysis of the study entitled, The Impact of Community Associations on Residential Property Values: A Review of the Literature. (Prepared by: Erin A. Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, …