Homeowners in the Pine Grove subdivision in Stockbridge, Georgia are so fed up with their developer-controlled HOA, they lined up to complain to their City Council at a June meeting. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org. Construction began in the Pine Grove subdivision a few years before the 2008 recession, when the original developer, Knight Builders, declared bankruptcy. According to a report in the Henry Herald, several different real estate investment groups Continue ReadingWhy can’t City help homeowners in developer controlled HOA?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For more than four decades, planned communities in the U.S. have funded local neighborhood services through homeowners association (HOA) fees. But in more recent years, state and local governments have turned to various types of tax districts to pay for infrastructure and services in common interest communities. This article illustrates, by example, the major differences between Community Development Districts (CDDs) and other types of Special Districts in the state Continue ReadingDon’t confuse Development Districts with Special Tax Districts
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities email@example.com When things go wrong with your HOA, can you find justice in court? Lots of homeowners think they can — until they’re knee-deep in a long, drawn-out lawsuit. I’m not an attorney. However, over the past 7 years, I have been reading legal complaints, case summaries, and generally following the progress of legal disputes in HOA-Governed Housing. This updated repost summarizes the challenges homeowners face in fighting their Continue ReadingHOA lawsuits – personal stories, homeowner challenges
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org As we approach the 2020 election cycle, it reminds me that housing politics is mostly driven by separate but competing agendas of the real estate industry. Yet, curiously, both ends of the political spectrum lead to the same endgame — new construction of homes in HOA-governed, common interest communities. Here’s my analysis of how and why political party agendas keep feeding the HOA industry, which limits the Continue ReadingPolitical division feeds the HOA industry