What is CAI’s Public Policy on HOA Construction Defect claims?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Community Associations Institute (CAI) often claims that, by way of representing homeowners, condominium, or cooperative associations, it also represents all homeowners living in Association Governed Housing. But CAI is a trade group made up primarily of community association managers and attorneys. Most of the “homeowner” members are from a select group of HOA board members, rather than HOA members at large. As I have said before, and I’ll say Continue ReadingWhat is CAI’s Public Policy on HOA Construction Defect claims?

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Update on Kornerstone Management embezzlement investigation: Est. $500K missing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It appears that the embezzlement investigation of Kornerstone Community Management is picking up steam and getting more complicated. Police have now received complaints from 29 different homeowners and condo associations in the Garner, North Carolina area. As is typical of these cases, the main suspect in the case – company owner Diana Ellis Kelly – is missing, along with tens of thousands of dollars from each affected Association that Continue ReadingUpdate on Kornerstone Management embezzlement investigation: Est. $500K missing

Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claims 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 in associations.” But, does the trade group actually represent the interests of more than 60 million homeowners and residents of Association Governed Housing (Homeowners’ associations, condominium and cooperative associations)? It turns out, many professionals who work in Continue ReadingHomeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI

The (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After decades of swimming against the tide, housing consumer advocates across the U.S. are finally beginning to make some serious waves. Finally, an online and print media giant, McClatchy publishing, is willing to expose dysfunction in a large segment of the real estate market. You might remember that the Miami Herald recently did a special report on voting fraud and corruption in South Florida condo associations. If you missed Continue ReadingThe (KC)Stars are aligning for HOA consumer advocates