By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I talk about homeowners who want to disband their HOAs, and highlight a few communities that are taking concrete steps to do so. The truth is, contrary to marketing hype, association governance does not ensure higher property values, nor does it foster a true sense of community. As we discuss, living in an association governed common interest community often costs more, and offers Continue ReadingNot all homeowners find value in HOA corporations. Some want to dissolve them.
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities People tend to think of homeowners associations as neighborhoods with dozens or hundreds of homes, or large planned communities with thousands of homes. But did you know that many thousands of homeowners and condo associations have fewer than 20 units or homes? For instance, I once lived across the street from a townhouse HOA with only 18 residences. In cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and Chicago, it’s Continue ReadingIndiana developer dissolves nine-home HOA
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Now here’s a report of an HOA that has been defunct through Administrative Dissolution since 2002, but nevertheless, has been collecting assessments for the past fourteen years. Harvest Glen is located in Cumberland, Indiana. According to this Fox59 report, homeowners have been paying $50 per year to cover the cost of common area maintenance, and submitting exterior improvements to the HOA for pre approval. Legally, the Association has no authority Continue ReadingIndiana HOA is not valid. Now what?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities More and more homeowners are fed up, and want to escape or abolish their HOAs. Here are two reports of detached single family home developments with mandatory Association Governance, one in Utah, the other in Texas. Dammeron Valley, Utah Dammeron Valley Landowners Association (DVLA) has about 429 home, each on 0.5 – 5 acres, depending on the subdivision. The Meadows and Ranches subdivisions are where the first 71 lots Continue ReadingUtah, Texas homeowners want out of HOA