Condo to hotel conversion a bad deal for 20% of FL unit owners

Minority investor-owners’ investments turn sour, full-time residents are displaced. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   People buy condo units for several different reasons. Some buyers purchase a unit in a condominium with the intention of making it their primary home. Other buyers may intend to live in their condo full-time or seasonally upon retirement, … More Condo to hotel conversion a bad deal for 20% of FL unit owners

TX homeowner sues HOA, alleging sinkhole caused property damage

Storm drain burst two years ago, issue still unresolved   Homeowner Sue Horne tells ABC 13 Eyewitness News that the sound of rain puts her in “panic mode.” According to the homeowner, she noticed a frightening problem two years ago, when portions of her back yard began to sink and shift downhill toward Lake Conroe. … More TX homeowner sues HOA, alleging sinkhole caused property damage

Defunct golf courses affect neighboring HOA communities

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Legal battles between golf-lovers, their non-golfing neighbors, golf course owners, and local governments rage on   Government getting into the luxury golf business While the city of Boca Raton is entertaining offers to sell its municipal golf course to developers, the Beach and Park District is hoping to … More Defunct golf courses affect neighboring HOA communities

Condo owners, managers speak publicly about abusive association

Florida condo association threatens foreclosure in dispute over $25 late fee. Condo owners, former managers say the board is out of control. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Condo residents and former community managers of Ventura Greens, West Palm Beach, FL, are the latest group to speak up about what they see as a … More Condo owners, managers speak publicly about abusive association

How government uses HOAs and special districts to create stealth tax

How many layers of government do we really need? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you ever stopped to think about all the costs associated with owning a home? Property taxes. Homeowners, condominium, or cooperative association maintenance fees and assessments. Insurance. Short and long term maintenance. Homeowners and home buyers may not fully understand … More How government uses HOAs and special districts to create stealth tax

Florida AG candidate instrumental in HOA settlement with family over $150 foreclosure

Attorney Ryan Torrens says it’s time for legislative change   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Readers of IAC blog know I have been following this outrageous HOA foreclosure horror story since the first report. Back in February, a Judge upheld Rivercrest Community Association’s foreclosure of a home owned by Tina and Luis Lopez, all … More Florida AG candidate instrumental in HOA settlement with family over $150 foreclosure

Narrow roads lead to accidents, liabilities for HOAs

Florida jury finds HOA negligent, awards more than $1 million to Plaintiffs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheldon Ensard and his wife, Mary Ann, were awarded more than $1.1 million due to negligence by Seminole Lakes Homeowners Association. (See Case No. 2014-CA-005525) According to court records, and a press release … More Narrow roads lead to accidents, liabilities for HOAs

Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?

CO Supreme Court decision may please home builders, but can home buyers count on safe, well-built homes?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Supreme Court decision in Colorado proves, once again, that stakeholders in the real estate industry such as developers and home builders, hold an unfair legal advantage over homeowners. The … More Does court victory for home builders create more risk for condo owners?