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Living the dream: is it possible in HOA “community associations?”

The stark realities of HOAs, condominium associations, and various types of housing cooperatives are well documented here on Independent American Communities. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In the real estate industry, the concept of achieving the American Dream is alive and well. And, for many people, the Dream is not complete without owning real property. For some, that means owning a home of one’s own, a place to live the good life or Continue ReadingLiving the dream: is it possible in HOA “community associations?”

HOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Indepdendent American Communities     Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course Aug 25, 2017, 2:22pm EDT Brian Bandell Senior Reporter South Florida Business Journal The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved a plan to build 521 homes on the former Marina Lakes Golf Course west of Delray Beach. The Avalon Trails community by 13th Floor Homes, part of Miami-based 13th Floor Investments, would be restricted to people ages Continue ReadingHOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

HOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   STORMWATER ISSUES LEAVING CITY UP A CREEK (AL) by Emily Featherston September 22, 2017 Excerpt: Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy McCain and Alan Arrington. That loss of depth, according to numerous studies by independent engineering and environmental firms, is the Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

Why can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   While land planners and developers affiliated with Urban Land Institute continue to press for higher density communities – more housing units per acre of land – many local governments seem to resist taking density too far. You see, it turns out their constituents are not in favor of cramming the maximum number of housing units onto available land. But local Planning Commissions have their own seemingly arbitrary land Continue ReadingWhy can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?