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MI condo owners ask — is “breaking and entering” just a “civil matter?”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ed Zaorski and Tony Richter, two Catholic priests serving the Detroit area, have owned a condo at Harbour View Pointe, Linwood, MI, for nearly 7 years. The modest lake view property serves as a peaceful respite from their hectic city lives. Each of the 23 homes in the Harbour View Pointe has a front porch overlooking majestic Lake Huron. In early 2015, Zaorski and Richter decided to make that view Continue ReadingMI condo owners ask — is “breaking and entering” just a “civil matter?”

In memory of L.A. Times columnist Donie Vanitzian, fierce advocate of homeowners

Vanitzian’s untimely death likely the result of domestic violence By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated Jan. 7, 2018 12:41 p.m. It is with shock and sadness that I write today’s post. The L.A. Times reports that Donie Vanitzian, 67, died on December 28, 2017, from a single gunshot wound. Los Angeles police acknowledge a note written by Vanitzian’s husband, 75-year old Thomas Foster,  allegedly explaining his intent to kill his wife and commit suicide. Upon Continue ReadingIn memory of L.A. Times columnist Donie Vanitzian, fierce advocate of homeowners

This might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Now here’s a report that you might expect from The Onion, the infamous internet site for satirical and entirely untrue news stories. But, no, this KCRA report featuring residents upset about a new HOA “garage door policy” is apparently for real. Believe it or not, Auburn Greens HOA has enacted a new rule that requires all residents to leave their roll-up garage doors wide open all day, from Continue ReadingThis might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule

Ohio: 130 residents of HOA sign petition to oppose 7-home subdivision

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   At first glance, these two articles about a zoning change affecting the Heatherwoode Golf Community HOA in Springboro, Ohio, seemed unremarkable. It’s not uncommon for homeowners of spacious, upscale single family homes to object to development of a new subdivision that might impact neighborhood traffic or lead to possible overcrowding of schools. But, in this case, dozens of homeowners and representatives of their HOA are objecting to Continue ReadingOhio: 130 residents of HOA sign petition to oppose 7-home subdivision