MO: County will take your private HOA roads off your hands — if they’re not too old and crumbly

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Jefferson County, Missouri, is joining the nationwide de-privatization trend. With regard to the utter failure of private homeowners’ associations to adequately maintain infrastructure, Jason Jonas, Public Works Director for the County, “gets it.” Today’s referenced article is a refreshingly frank discussion of reality. HOA boards are generally clueless …

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NM: HOA removes homeowner’s back yard fence without notice. Why?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities State by state, journalists are finally reporting the truth about life in association-governed communities. The latest report of outrageous HOA rules enforcement comes from KOB4 reporter Chris Ramirez, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Of course, it’s common knowledge that HOAs have some crazy rules when it comes to installation of a fence …

Creekside Homeowners Association owes developers $422,789

But the years’ long battle over redevelopment of Creekside Golf Club is not over yet   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Hundreds of golf courses across the U.S. are struggling to remain profitable, a market trend that has been widely reported for several years. A combination of factors have led to golf’s decline. …

HOA, condo, & co-op golf community updates (April 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated April 19, 2018 7:07 A.M. Course investor says, ‘I feel I’ve been duped’ By Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive Editor Apr 5, 2018 All he wanted, William Day told about 50 Club West residents, was “a solid investment that made sense.” Instead, he said, after investing $250,000 in Club …

From Chicago to Charlotte, condo owners attempt to cash in on their own terms

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In cities across the U.S., the real estate market is hot, and land is scarce. Developers are on the lookout for investment opportunities. Some have their eye on older, low-rise condominium buildings and developments located on prime parcels of land. The goal — gain control of the association, …

Brookings Institute notes population shift away from densely populated cities

Why the shift in migration from city to suburbs? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   It’s official. The rush to move to crowded cities is over, and has been on the decline for the past seven years, according to Census data analyzed by the Brookings Institute. William Frey, Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy …

City soon to maintain roads for this North Carolina condo association

Abbey Glen condo association, developer preparing “private” roads for dedication to the town of Gibsonville   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Some states dedicate all newly constructed roads to the local government — even streets in planned communities with homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or condominiums. In other states, community roads may be considered private, even if …

Will homeowners support a new special tax district?

River Place HOA supports establishment of Limited District following annexation to the City of Austin By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Austin’s recent annexation of the River Place subdivision has temporarily shifted certain maintenance responsibilities from a Municipal Utility District (MUD) to a Limited Improvement District (LD). In River Place, the HOA and LD …

Should neighborhood covenants and HOAs last forever?

Across the U.S., a disturbing trend is taking place. The HOA industry is quietly making it possible to preserve CC&Rs — or revive them after expiration — without consent of all homeowners.   Correction (March 12, 2018): a previous version of this post noted that a majority of affected parcel owners attending a meeting could vote …

Recreation districts as an alternative to HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Slowly but surely, homeowners’ associations are beginning shift costs and liabilities for assets and amenities back to public entities, including special tax districts. Today, let’s look at two examples of Recreation Districts (also known as Park Districts) as an alternative to HOA maintenance of amenities.   City commission …