Why aren’t foreclosure “rescue” fraudsters held accountable?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s a well-written investigative report by the Center for Public Integrity. It features one particularly well-know attorney whose law firm made millions charging clients steep monthly fees to help them avoid foreclosure. The problem, according to state and federal regulators, including the FTC: Gennady Litvin engaged in a pattern of making false promises, and then not delivering the legal services he promised. Most of his clients ultimately lost their Continue ReadingWhy aren’t foreclosure “rescue” fraudsters held accountable?

Memorial Day HOA dispute over sign

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Memorial Day is all about honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our American freedoms. So Jane Buck, 12-year resident of Cascades at Azalea Lakes decorated her front yard with some small flags and a sign that reads “God Bless America.” But this year the condo association’s board decided to cite Buck for having an unauthorized sign. They say that signs can only be displayed from inside the window of Continue ReadingMemorial Day HOA dispute over sign

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 Cleveland special report, the condo association board knew that the building required extensive repairs as early as 2011. But that Continue ReadingLakewood condo not so affordable after all

Bel Aire homeowners oust developer influenced board, amend by laws 

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The Bel-Air Association (BAA) recently had a rebirth of democracy. Homeowners have suspected for years that they were living under the rule of a board “aligned with developers, not residents.” That’s because, for the past several years, developers have been building BIG homes. In fact, Bel-Air developers are creating mega-mansions the size of the White House, up to 100,000 square feet. By contrast, the average sized home in Bel-Air is 6000 square Continue ReadingBel Aire homeowners oust developer influenced board, amend by laws