By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The following WUSA videos are simply heartbreaking, as 77 families – many with children – are scrambling to get another roof over their heads. Electricity, gas, and water utilities have been shut off at Lynnhill Condos in Temple Hills, Maryland. Residents have been left in the cold and in the dark. According to reports, the condo association has been broke for the past few years, and owes $1 million Continue ReadingHousing crisis at Lynnhill Condominiums continues
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s another example of a dilapidated condominium, this one in Fort Myers, Florida. Pass this video report from WINK News to your friends and family who still believe that all condos are luxurious, and only for the very wealthy. The truth is, many condo complexes are like Banyan Tree – relatively cheap construction, at least 30 years old, run down and falling apart, and inhabited mostly by tenants Continue ReadingFL: Banyan Condo Association, unit owners ordered to make repairs
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is an update on Brannon Hill, among the worst condo associations in the US. While DeKalb County (Georgia) is still trying to figure out how to clean up what’s left of the community, and where to relocate its remaining residents, the place continues to fall apart, with massive sinkholes opening up in the parking log. Massive sinkhole swallows up parking lot at blighted condo complex Notice Continue ReadingGA: Sinkhole opens up at Brannon Hill blighted condo
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Lewis & Clark Tower in Moline Acres, Missouri, stands as living proof that condo associations do not always provide carefree, affordable lifestyles. And they certainly don’t protect property values. The condo association has seen its share of ups and downs. As seen in this interview with a retired school teacher who purchased his unit in 2011, building owners narrowly avoided condemnation in January 2014. At the time, there Continue ReadingWhen will condemned Moline Acres condo be demolished?