Smaller, more affordable housing doesn’t have to come with an HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s common knowledge that, following the worst real estate market in recent history, housing prices have rebounded in many fast-growing markets in the U.S. The result is that housing has become less affordable, whether you’re looking to buy or rent your next home. Clearly, the past several decades of …

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Here’s why HOA statutory power to fine must be outlawed

Do we really need or want HOAs to be The Enforcers? Arizona Constitutional Rights advocate George K. Staropoli recently published a few posts on an important appellate court opinion in Turtle Rock III HOA vs. Lynne Fisher, involving a homeowners,’ condominium, or cooperative association‘s statutory right to impose monetary fines upon members who violate covenants, …

Homeowners, HOAs report damage to vinyl siding, fire hazards caused by Low-E windows

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A perfect storm of building regulations, smaller lot sizes, and HOA restrictions creates worries and additional costs for homeowners By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In the past year, several local television news stations have highlighted consumer headaches caused by energy efficient windows. According to several reports, including an official educational statement written for National …

HOA Common interest community real estate trends

Changes coming to HOA, condo neighborhoods The industry keeps trying to tweak the HOA, condo product. But do recent changes improve communities, or simply cause new problems? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Six new trends are likely to make homeownership more complicated, and less predictable than ever before. 1. Site Condominiums In Michigan, it …

The myth of affordable, low maintenance, carefree condo living

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Sales agents, developers, and management industry trade groups have been marketing condominiums as affordable housing, designed for residents who don’t have the time or the inclination to worry about many home maintenance tasks. But condo buyers, and even tenants need to recognize that condo living is not always as …

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: several managers, former board members of association-governed communities either arrested or sentenced; mortgage fraud investigation continues in Florida; a developer and hotel owner is sued by owners of condo association for raising fees by 150%; environmental fraud in Massachusetts results in light sentence   Sentencing delayed for …

Will IJ victory in Pagedale class action lawsuit lead to protection of rights for HOA residents?

Institute for Justice recently filed a similar federal against Doraville, Georgia Both lawsuits aimed at upholding Constitutional protections for residents Commentary By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Institute for Justice has recently scored a legal victory for victims of abusive nuisance fines and code enforcement by the small town government of Pagedale, Missouri. A similar …

Religious Freedom, HOA Civil Rights victory for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Good news for homeowners in Solera at Kern Canyon, a Bakersfield, CA, del Webb community designed for senior residents. A group of residents, previously denied access to the community club house for bible study and Sunday worship meetings, recently settled their civil rights litigation in mediation. According to a …

HOA, Condo, Co-op legislative updates across the U.S. (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities California In preparation for its next drought, California has moved in the direction of mandating water conservation through water districts with oversight at the state level. The goal is to reduce indoor water consumption from an average of 90 gallons per day per resident to 55 gallons by 2022. …