By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities firstname.lastname@example.org This morning in my Twitter feed, I stumbled upon the most recent Public Relations video by HOA-industry trade group, Community Associations Institute (CAI). It’s an attempt to urge housing consumers to “be an informed home buyer.” In its latest defensive move, CAI directly addresses highly unpopular and controversial rules in HOA-governed communities. If you’ve been following HOA news across the U.S., you know that HOAs are getting a Continue ReadingIs CAI pushing HOA-industry trade group propaganda?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities We’re well into legislative season across the U.S., as dozens of states consider bills that affect the rights of homeowners and residents of association-governed communities. And, as usual, stakeholders in the real estate industry continue to promote legislation that protects their profits, while opposing bills that offer consumer protection. Real estate developers, home builders, mortgage banks, and Realtor associations have the ears of many state and federal Legislators. They Continue ReadingHOA Homeowners, you may be contributing to industry lobbyists
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An update to the 2016 article Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI. A reminder that the trade group does not represent the interests of 70 million homeowners and residents in associstion-governed communities. In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claimed to be the “single most credible resource not just for community managers and board members but also for the tens of millions of Americans who make their homes Continue ReadingHOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group
Should Americans put faith in CAI’s claim that the “overwhelming majority” of HOA residents are satisfied? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities From time to time, Community Associations Institute (CAI), issues news releases and email blasts, claiming that “objective” surveys prove the majority of Americans who reside in homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with their community association experience. Naturally, the community management sector of the real estate industry desperately wants policymakers and housing Continue ReadingDo HOA industry surveys prove HOA residents are satisfied?