Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with no HOA

Craft Homes LLC community will be established as a Metropolitan Special District By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is Colorado developer Tim Craft actually thinking outside the HOA box? Yes, according to a report on Denver 7 News. Craft says his new 900-home community, Independence, will be financed by a Metropolitan Special District (MSD) …

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Studies conclude that HOAs, CC&Rs have little to no impact on property values of mature communities

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   I recently became aware of a white paper produced for trade group Community Associations Institute in 2015. Today’s post shares highlights and analysis of the study entitled, The Impact of Community Associations on Residential Property Values: A Review of the Literature. (Prepared by: Erin A. Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, …

Pasco County says 40-foot wide hole is a depression, not a sinkhole

Because the subsidence is located on private property, homeowners must file claims with their insurance companies. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Land subsidence and sinkholes have been common in certain parts of Florida for  decades. But is seems as though we’re hearing more about the sudden development of depressions and holes as Florida’s population …

Indiana HOA hoped city would enforce overnight parking ban

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The board of Tuscany Village homeowners’ association recently asked the City of Greenwood to create a new parking Ordinance, just for the association-governed community. According to Fox59 News, the HOA board sent a letter to City Council, asking for new signs for their neighborhood, stating “No Overnight Street Parking 12:00 …

One year later: Recovery of condos & HOAs after Hurricane Harvey (TX)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated entire neighborhoods in the Houston area, several association-governed, common interest communities are struggling to recover. A slow, uncertain recovery for The Pines Condominium At the Pines Condominium, ground floor units were flooded with several feet of water contaminated by raw sewage. According to …

HOA, condo owners often pay for deferred maintenance of previous owners

Now or later sign delay Deferred maintenance

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday I wrote about several recently enrolled bills in California, that directly affect owners of property in association-governed communities. One of those bills, SB 721, was originally intended to apply to condominiums, but was ultimately amended by Legislators to apply only to owners of apartment home communities. SB 721 began …

Important California HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (Sept. 2018)

Vote HOA election scrabble

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated September 6, 2018 7:22 PM The 2018 legislation session ended with some good, and some not so good new laws for Californians residing in common interest developments. The following 4 bills are currently enrolled, awaiting approval of Governor Jerry Brown. AB 2912 passed with near unanimous support from …

New surveillance camera startup plans to serve HOAs – what could go wrong?

Security camera in use sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far are you willing to go to protect yourself and your community from crime? How much privacy are you willing to give up? How much would you be willing to pay for security services? A new startup surveillance company is hoping you — or your homeowners association — …

Pocono area HOA uses message board to shame non-paying neighbors (PA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The real estate industry doesn’t often disclose one of the dirty little secrets about association-governed communities: an increasing number of once thriving communities are in serious financial trouble. One example is Pine Ridge. Its homeowners’ association governs a private community located in Lehman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania.  According to a …

Three factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why most new construction and redevelopment in the past 20-30 years is part of a common interest community with a mandatory membership homeowners or condominium association? Contrary to real estate industry pubic relations efforts, the institutionalization of private governance of communities — both residential and mixed-use — …