Community Associations, HOAs should seek to remove offensive covenants

Rodgers Forge, Towson, MD, seeks to eliminate racist covenants. But why can’t owners and residents in HOAs challenge any restrictive covenant or law that violates the rights of Americans? Every year I read reports of homeowners shocked and dismayed to learn that deed restrictions on their vintage or historic home contain blatantly racist rules against … More Community Associations, HOAs should seek to remove offensive covenants

PA homeowners frustrated with unfinished HOA development

Koller Pointe HOA threatens class action lawsuit against Keystone Custom Homes developer By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Koller Pointe is a 140-unit planned community of new construction single family homes selling for around $350,000. The first custom built homes were sold in 2006. But since the real estate market crashed in 2007-2008, remaining lots have … More PA homeowners frustrated with unfinished HOA development

As Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options

The architectural committee of the HOA is enforcing recently revised rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the board recently authorized further study of municipal and tax district alternatives. by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For more than a year, Spring Creek Association has been exploring HOA alternatives that would shift maintenance and public services to a … More As Spring Creek Association cracks down on deed restrictions, HOA considers governance options

What should be done about the Phantom, Inactive HOA?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Yesterday’s post provided quantitative data – statistics and surveys from the real estate industry and the U.S. Census – that suggest that association governed communities are falling out of favor with housing consumers. Today I share with readers a report that provides qualitative evidence of a governance model that … More What should be done about the Phantom, Inactive HOA?

FL HOA shows no compassion for woman in search of kidney donor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s another report of a homeowners’ association that seems to value property more than people. Imagine how you would feel if you or a loved one were in need of a kidney transplant. You’d probably make every effort to find a donor, right? Gabi Morales and her mother, Tammi … More FL HOA shows no compassion for woman in search of kidney donor

HOA living – What has more value, property or people?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I was watching the morning news, with extensive coverage of devastation from floods in southeast Texas. One thing is for sure. Hurricane Harvey has hit hard, forcing evacuation of residents of humble cottages and estate homes alike. The flooded area includes Houston and Galveston, and, according to current reports, … More HOA living – What has more value, property or people?

Poinciana continues battle for independence

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been almost three years since Poinciana completed a feasibility study on incorporating as a city. At that time, a group of residents hoped that elected state and county leaders (Osceola and Polk Counties) would allow for a Referendum vote on the issue at the next general election. … More Poinciana continues battle for independence

Why do HOA residents rarely organize and fight back against injustice?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The latest association-governed common interest community (HOA) industry PR effort that appears to be news – but is not news – is a report from WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gist of this report is that, when your HOA is non-responsive, read your governing documents, organize a group … More Why do HOA residents rarely organize and fight back against injustice?

HOAs are built on foundation of property values, not social values

HOA governance does not value kindness, or even people By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Once in a while, I read an Editorial about association-governed communities (homeowner associations or HOAs) that just begs for a response. From Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Kristen DeBoy Caminiti, a social worker turned stay-at-home parent, and founder of Crofton is … More HOAs are built on foundation of property values, not social values

Buying a home in a community association (HOA), beware of fake news

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities FACT: Many articles we see in print and online are nothing more than public relations, marketing, or political propaganda. That’s why there’s been such a buzz about #FakeNews. And, of course, the real estate industry that promotes the creation, sale, and ongoing care of association governed communities has been … More Buying a home in a community association (HOA), beware of fake news