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?

Why we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

He won in court, but apprently his neighbors are unhappy about that   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Keith Strong of Maryland recently discovered that when you sue your homeowners association, the controversy continues even after the lawsuit is over.   Man who fought HOA over $500 mailbox and won says his mailbox … More Why we should thank the homeowner that spent $33K to sue his HOA over a $500 mailbox

Will class action lawsuit defeat the HOA culture of corruption?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyers of luxury real estate expect a lot for their money. And when they believe they’ve been ripped off, they sometimes sue the responsible party. The Orlando Sentinel just reported that lot owners in Bella Collina of Monteverde (near Clermont), Florida, have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against developer … More Will class action lawsuit defeat the HOA culture of corruption?

Florida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Florida, more than a dozen bills related to Association Governed Communities have been submitted for consideration this Legislative session. I highlighted a few of them in an earlier blog.  But on the heels of the recent Miami-Dade Grand Jury report, blasting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation … More Florida condo bills address Grand Jury report and condo terminations

Here’s why homeowners are confused, frustrated by HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I started off my Sunday morning watching a short video clip from KENS5 Eyewitness News out of San Antonio Texas. It’s yet another report of a homeowner and her HOA, sparring over a flower bed of bluebonnets, a native wildflower and the official state flower of Texas. The … More Here’s why homeowners are confused, frustrated by HOAs

Utah SB 154 would remove HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Update MArch 11, 2017: Utah SB 154 passed both House and Senate as of late Thursday evening. In the end, there was a compromise. HOAs that currently have restrictions “explicitly prohibiting” solar panels can still enforce those restrictions, unless two-thirds of parcel owners…

Chicago Palatine condo deconversion attempt

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communnities   Think condo to apartment conversions only happen in Florida? Or in the core of major cities such as Chicago? Think again. If the latest attempt at deconversion survives a pending lawsuit against investors, The Woods at Countryside will be one of the largest suburban condo communities to go … More Chicago Palatine condo deconversion attempt

Los Angeles condo owners face costly mandate for earthquake retrofit

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California is earthquake country, and cities such as Los Angeles have seen their share of damage from seismic activity. Older multifamily structures are most vulnerable to damage, especially multistory condo and apartment buildings with tuck under garages at ground level. When earthquakes strike, it is common for the posts … More Los Angeles condo owners face costly mandate for earthquake retrofit

Utah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Update MArch 11, 2017: Utah SB 154 passed both House and Senate as of late Thursday evening. In the end, there was a compromise. HOAs that currently have restrictions “explicitly prohibiting” solar panels can still enforce those restrictions, unless two-thirds of parcel owners vote to change those restrictions. Reportedly, … More Utah SB 154 removes some HOA solar energy barriers for homeowners