URGENT call to action in CA: Vote NO on AB1799

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California homeowners and consumer advocates - today's post is a call to action. Contact your Assembly member and tell them to vote NO on AB 1799. Industry trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is at it again. This time they want to give Association Governed Development boards the …

Orlando’s Avalon Condos – No trash collection?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here's another example of a "mature" condo association going downhill fast. For some reason, there has been no trash pickup at Avalon Condominiums in weeks. Residents contacted WESH2 News in Orlando about the situation. Sure enough, cameras show a mountain of trash heaped up surrounding the trash bin and …

Michelle Germano finally free from contaminated condo

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today, a ray of hope, seven years in the making. You may recall Michelle Germano, the Virginia woman battling with Harborwalk Condo Association over unpaid assessments for her uninhabitable home, which was contaminated by Chinese drywall. Last September, Germano's struggle was covered by the Virgina Pilot. At the time, …

Dissecting the CAI white paper manifesto on Association  Governance (part 1)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's blog examines Community Associations Institute's (CAI) Panel Report on the Association Governance model, helping the reader to understand their political agenda. Part one will critique the Panel's conclusions regarding relative size of associations and the composition of the boards. Note to readers: CAI refers to Common Interest Communities (CICs) …

Should HOA Assessment payments impact credit score?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Sperlonga - a data analytics firm - announced its intention to team up with Equifax on tracking payments of assessments to Association-Governed Developments such as homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. You can read some recent news releases here: Your HOA Payments May Now Affect Your Credit Score Sperlonga, Equifax …

CAI White papers — read these and pay close attention!

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (orignally posted on Neighbors at War) Community Associations Institute (CAI) just released 4 White Papers, Community Next: 2020 and Beyond. The reports are a product of 4 separate hand-chosen panels. For the most part, CAI's talking points rehash the same old mission. In CAI's words: CAI and its chapters—will …

Lakewood condo not so affordable after all

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Condo owners at Marine Towers East are suing their condo association. They say that when they purchased their condos in recent years, they were not told they would face large special assessments, in order to pay for millions of dollars in needed repairs. According to a News 5 …

Former Legacy Investment CEO admits theft of $2.5 Million from condo associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here's the latest HOA fraud scandal circulating on social media. Elkridge firm owner pleads guilty to over $2.5 million in wire fraud http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/elkridge/ph-ho-cf-francis-wire-fraud-0512-20160504-story.html This large-scale fraud and theft crossed state lines in the metropolitan Washington DC area. The worst part of it is that William K. Francis, owner …

Let’s debunk some HOA and government myths

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Myth: Because HOAs are self-governing, residents experience a reduction in government intrusion. This is a favorite talking point of strong supporters of States' Rights and Home Rule at the local level. What could be more local than your homeowners, condo, or cooperative association? Supporters love the idea that the …

FL: Mattamy Homes builds empire, Vengroff’s affordable housing on hold

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's Florida real estate highlights are mind boggling. They clearly illustrate the massive political influence of real estate developers. And that's not necessarily a good thing. In Southwest Florida, Canadian mega developer Mattamy Homes' latest plans include construction of 400 homes on the former Sunrise Golf course. Mattamy is …