Numerous lawsuits, AG investigations against New England developer

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities New Hampshire Public Radio recently recorded a podcast and wrote an article about one of New England’s prominent developers, Brady Sullivan. Paugus Woods modular home community, Laconia, NH, was featured in the report. According to the HOA community’s website, Paugus Woods consists of 93 modular “villa” homes, nestled on 47 acres close to outdoor recreation opportunities. Common interests of the community include conservation areas, as well as provision of Continue ReadingNumerous lawsuits, AG investigations against New England developer

Daybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Owners of relatively new homes in Daybreak Townhome 1 Owners Association (South Jordan, Utah) have recently learned it is going to cost more than $60,000 per home to repair extensive structural damage caused by water infiltration. Although the townhouses are less than a decade old, homeowners report a long list of problems with leaky windows and roofs, damaged siding, and lack of insulation. The news comes as a shock Continue ReadingDaybreak HOA faces $23M assessment, some owners at risk of losing homes

Construction defects settlement will cost KB Homes millions

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to the Orlando Sentinel, KB Homes, one of Florida’s construction giants, has reached a settlement with the FL Attorney General’s office. According to the report: At the core of the state’s three-year investigation were construction defects that led to water intrusion, which leads to mold, wood rot and even structural failure, according to the state. In some cases, the builder made the appropriate fixes but in others it Continue ReadingConstruction defects settlement will cost KB Homes millions

Seattle’s push for ‘affordable’ condo construction, despite poor track record

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Why are some cities pushing for developers to build more condos as “affordable housing?” I’ve already written several articles about Colorado City Mayors that push for new condos at low price points. The standard political spin is that condos are less expensive than single family detached homes. But in the last few years, there have been plenty of luxury condominium towers going up in every major U.S. city.  Somehow, Continue ReadingSeattle’s push for ‘affordable’ condo construction, despite poor track record