What is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     To solve any problem, it helps to identify its cause or causes. So as we attempt to tackle social and economic problems plaguing many of our association-governed, common interest communities, let’s look beyond the increasingly obvious abuse and HOA horror stories, and recognize that we have built this model of community housing on a false foundation. What are the building blocks in that foundation? What is causing Continue ReadingWhat is the root cause of HOA dysfunction?

How to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to The Cody Enterprise, an April 10 trial date is set for two lawsuits filed by a pair of homeowners and the Cody Ranchettes HOA. Both parties are locked in a pair of nasty lawsuits over the paint colors of the home of Kelly and Debra Hennessy. Last year, the Hennessys, who have lived in the rural community for more than a decade, chose to paint the siding Continue ReadingHow to avoid nasty HOA lawsuits over paint colors (WY)

Why is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here at IAC, I strive to look at the Big Picture and connect the dots, in order to provide a better understanding of why so many American association-governed communities are struggling and so few are thriving. For at least the past decade, there has been lot of buzz among HOA industry experts, blaming owner apathy as the root cause of all of problems that plague association-governed, common interest Continue ReadingWhy is apathy rampant in homeowner, condo, and co-op associations?

When these HOA members got involved, they got sued

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have we heard homeowners, Community Association Managers and attorneys lament about apathy in HOAs? A quick Google search on “HOA Apathy” results in dozens of articles on the subject. Few attend annual meetings, so there’s never a quorum. No one wants to serve on the Association’s board. Does anyone actually read emails, newsletters, or the website? Well, a group of 9 homeowners in Shadowmoss Plantation HOA Continue ReadingWhen these HOA members got involved, they got sued