HOA, condo real estate housing trends (Sept 2019 update)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com A brief summary of housing consumer preferences, the growth of the rental housing market, and state laws changing the property rights of homeowners and their HOAs.   Where do home buyers prefer to live? Once again, according to recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) surveys, a majority of home buyers in all generations prefer to live in the suburbs. Here’s how the percentage of home buyers who Continue ReadingHOA, condo real estate housing trends (Sept 2019 update)

Should your HOA have the right to inspect your garage?

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Residents push back when HOA goes overboard with proposed new parking restrictions By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week homeowners turned out in droves for a board meeting in the Eastlake Trails and Eastlake Woods neighborhoods. Consisting of hundreds of homes, both Chula Vista HOA-governed communities deal with a common problem in densely packed residential neighborhoods. Parking. So many cars. So little space to keep them. True, most homes in Eastlake III community association Continue ReadingShould your HOA have the right to inspect your garage?

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com  Homeowners, HOAs, and local governments debate what to do about struggling or dead golf courses in the U.S. Homeowners near dry, overgrown golf course fear wildfire threat (CA) Residents of the Adobe Creek HOA worry that four to five-foot tall dried grass creates a wildfire risk for their community. The Adobe Creek golf course has been shut down since 2017. It’s a public course with portions in Petaluma Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)

HOA news roundup (Aug 18, 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Highlights — and low lights — of life in HOA-ville, USA   Violence, unpredictable lawsuits, and other uncontrollable factors wreak havoc on residents.   HOA dispute turns violent (TX) Pleasant Run Estates neighborhood, in Lancaster, Texas, was recently the scene of a gun fight between the HOA President’s wife and a homeowner fighting against an assessment lien on his home. Last week, authorities arrested homeowner Kenneth Haggerty on Continue ReadingHOA news roundup (Aug 18, 2019)