HOA neighborhoods struggle with change

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities All neighborhoods change over time, as old residents move out and new residents move in. But HOA and condo communities tend to struggle with change. Why? It’s a fact of life. Over time, people get married or divorced. Adults move to new locations for career opportunities. Children grow up and move away from home. Older adults retire and some decide to sell and downsize. Still other homes are sold Continue ReadingHOA neighborhoods struggle with change

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Reader’s Choice 2017: Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve

It’s that time of the year. For the rest of the year, I’ll be reposting the 10 most read articles here on IAC. Thanks for following, reading, and sharing. Special thanks to readers who have provided inspiration for blog topics, and for those who have been willing to share their personal HOA stories. Public awareness is the first step on the road to justice for housing consumers. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and Continue ReadingReader’s Choice 2017: Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve

Some HOA amenities falling out of favor, disappearing for good

Homeowners lament loss of their favorite hobbies – and property values By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Quite often I hear from homeowners who tell me that, while they are frustrated with their homeowners’ association, they are reluctant to move because they enjoy their community amenities. On the other hand, I also hear from HOA residents who tell me that they made their purchase decision based upon enticing recreational amenities, only to rarely enjoy Continue ReadingSome HOA amenities falling out of favor, disappearing for good

Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A recent Wall Street Journal article, Luxury-Home Developers’ Latest Pitch: Unspoiled Nature, has inspired me to share some thoughts about owning a home in close proximity to nature. WSJ’s Katy McLaughlin highlights several new real estate developments surrounded by nature preserves and protected conservation lands. The subtitle says it all: Forget golf: A growing number of high-end home communities are being built around large nature preserves For some buyers who Continue ReadingPros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve