Hidden liabilities of HOA ponds, lakes can wreck property values

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities deborahgoonan@icloud.com   Home buyers are often tempted by the natural beauty and recreational value of ponds and lakes. But condo, HOA, and lake association members don’t always consider the hidden risks and liabilities of life near the water.   WISCONSIN The case of the disappearing pond Homeowners in the Auburn Hills subdivision of Caledonia, Wisconsin, are angry and disappointed, now that they’ve learned that their view of an unattractive Continue ReadingHidden liabilities of HOA ponds, lakes can wreck property values

HOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Examples of resolutions to several vexing HOA problems: completion of major stucco repair project in FL; new sidewalk in AZ; flag dispute resolved in NC; affordable housing assistance in WY; city rethinks its trash bin pickup policy in IA.   FL: Once unlivable condos are livable again. It only took 11 years. In the last IAC update on Metrowest, Orlando (June 2018), residents were still complaining about the slow Continue ReadingHOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

Arizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (October 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Arizona enacts three new laws affecting rights of homeowners, for better or for worse. Nevada makes it illegal for HOAs to prohibit a homeowner from keeping a pet. Read on for details. Arizona This year, Arizona Homeowners Coalition (AZHOC) followed eight bills affecting homeowners, condominium, and cooperative associations. Three of those bills are now state law. While AZHOC did not introduce any of these bills, the organization did Continue ReadingArizona & Nevada HOA legislative updates (October 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Golf course owners face financial difficulties; homeowners in several states object to redevelopment plans of defunct golf courses; Arizona homeowners win court victory to save their adjacent golf course.   California Resort owner shuts down second of two golf courses, hopes to find buyer Diablo Grande is a planned community that was built around two 18-hole golf courses, the Legends and the Ranch. Despite original Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)