City leaders consider public role in maintaining HOA infrastructure

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities To continue yesterday’s post about the decline of homeowners’ associations in the U.S., let’s take a look at a few examples of city governments that are now seriously reconsidering the wisdom of expecting HOAs to undertake and pay for repair and maintenance of their own private infrastructure. In these …

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Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities   How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, “Homeowner Associations are not going away?” But that, dear readers, is nothing more than wishful thinking. Let’s start with the facts. The construction industry is building fewer new HOA homes and condos …

Mandatory reading before buying in or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Higher density / mixed used communities, pros & cons A collection of articles and references citing pros and cons of increasing density and incorporating mixed land uses   Advantages promoted by the industry: Walkable communities Affordable lifestyles near urban amenities Reduces sprawl and conserves land and environmental resources …

NC HOA faces dilemma: how to control traffic on private roads

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Home buyers might believe that living in a planned community with private roads is a good thing. They might imagine that traffic on their road will be limited to residents and guests. But, as the following report illustrates, traffic headaches and hazards are quite common in HOAs. For …

Connecting the dots: Storm water, flood control, HOAs, and affordable housing

A trio of DESTRUCTIVE hurricanes have thrust the related issues of flood control and storm water management into the limelight   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Regular readers of IAC know I emphasize the fact that financial burdens of storm water management and flood control systems are heaped upon property owners and residents …

Hurricane Irma recovery: Counties, Cities to assist with debris removal

Local governments acknowledge duty to taxpayers in private HOAs, even if FEMA denies reimbursement   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes a crisis creates an unexpected but refreshing response from one’s neighbors. Several local governments in Florida have announced plans to assist homeowners in association-governed communities, as they struggle to remove tons of …

Urban development: what is the appropriate limit on density?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several readers have contacted me over the past several months, sharing concerns about overdevelopment of multifamily housing, mixed used urban development, and recently approved master planned communities. One reader from Virginia laments that vintage single family and row homes are being demolished to make room for much taller …

More evidence that affordable condo associations are struggling

A timely article from the archives.

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

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The other day I posted a blog entitled Fox Hollow (Memphis) and Tymber Skan condos – affordable housing failures, and shared it across several social media platforms. In one particular discussion forum, I have been challenged on my analysis of the insurmountable challenges faced by many affordable condominium communities.

Today I share with readers the typical Affordable Housing – Condominium industry talking points, and my responses.

If you can think of any more valid challenges to industry rhetoric, feel free to post a public comment below this article.

Industry Talking Points

First, you can read the talking points, made by a veteran attorney who represents real estate developers of common interest, association-governed communities. His areas of expertise include drafting governing documents (such Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions), writing sales contracts for new construction, negotiating on behalf of developers when construction defect warranty claims are…

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Judge denies motions, Ramapo Mountain Lakes HOA lawsuit to proceed

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ramapo Mountain Lakes Association (RML) must proceed to make its legal case to enforce collection of lake maintenance assessments from owners of all 1,645 properties in the community. Judge Christine Farrington dismissed summary judgment on behalf of RML, and also denied a homeowners’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit, calling …

Try as they might, HOA cannot stop publicity of child’s pink playhouse denial

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A few weeks ago, when I first viewed a report on Rock Hill HOA’s denial of a little girl’s back yard playhouse, I published an article that included a Google Maps satellite image of the community. The HOA calls the quaint chilren’s cottage, pictured above, a shed, even …