HOA Golf community lawsuis and redevelopment plans (November 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Indepdendent American Communities     Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course Aug 25, 2017, 2:22pm EDT Brian Bandell Senior Reporter South Florida Business Journal The Palm Beach County Commission unanimously approved a plan to build 521 homes on the former Marina Lakes Golf Course west of Delray Beach. …

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What do HOA managers really think of the homeowners and residents they serve?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Do you know what the community association (HOA) management industry is up to? What is their agenda? What makes them tick? There are several wonks like me across the U.S. who follow websites, discussion threads, posts, advertisements, news releases, and general talking points of members of the industry …

Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities   How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, “Homeowner Associations are not going away?” But that, dear readers, is nothing more than wishful thinking. Let’s start with the facts. The construction industry is building fewer new HOA homes and condos …

Experts agree: restrictive covenants, a foundation for HOAs, perpetuate housing segregation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A new research project at Augsburg University, Minneapolis, dubbed Mapping Prejudice, is combing through old deed restrictions to identify racial restrictions that were legal before 1968. Researchers say the purpose of the study is to promote awareness of "the realities of structural racism" in Minneapolis, pointing out that restrictive …

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 …

Koller Pointe HOA threatens lawsuit against developer

Homeowners frustrated with unfinished public improvements 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 been slow to sell. Bobby Jackson, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …