HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Dec. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s roundup includes not only arrests and/or convictions of former association managers and board members, but also a conviction resulting from massive mortgage fraud.  Also, an interesting video explaining “red collar crime,” violent retaliation meant to silence whistleblowers.  State Attorney: Bryceville woman guilty of stealing $1.5 million from …

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Parking, towing dispute heats up in Hillsborough County Florida HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of the biggest problems created by short-sighted planning in common interest communities is the scarcity of parking space. For example, in Kings Lake subdivision, Hillsborough County, Florida, driveway space is limited and streets are somewhat narrow. If your household uses the garage for storage, and the driveway only …

Condo and homeowner associations losing popularity with today’s buyers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Several weeks ago, Shu Bartholomew and I discussed On the Commons the changes taking place in the market for association-governed housing. There are some good reasons why home buyers have become less than enchanted with common interest development in general. The prevalence of community conflict and unpredictable financial risks are …

Conservative talk show host threatens to “torpedo a lawsuit” against his HOA

Mark Levin fed up, suggests national movement against Homeowner associations By Deborah Goonan, Independent American CommunitiesA reader alerted me to the fact that conservative radio talk show host, Mark Levin, admitted on air that he’s fed up with his HOA. Whether you agree with Mr. Levin’s partisan politics or not, you need to listen to …

Will building more housing, more densely actually make housing more affordable?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to an article in the New York Times, the only way to solve the housing affordability crisis is to build more houses on smaller lots. It's a common battle cry among some urban development professionals and academic leaders. In fact, some proponents of housing density go so …

What is HOA trade group’s 2018 Legislative agenda?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   As 2017 comes to an end, housing and consumer advocates that are concerned about legislative reform need to keep a close eye on what trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) is up to. In case you missed it, here is CAI’s legislative agenda for 2018. https://cloudup.com/cJmfgfxaa1J Unfortunately, too …

Poor urban planning, unkind attitudes lead to unreasonable parking restrictions in CA HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Donie Vanitzian’s column in the L.A. Times is a great inspiration for my Sunday blog. This week’s Q&A addresses a very common source of conflict in increasingly dense housing governed by private homeowners’ associations: parking restrictions. But don’t just read the column. Be sure to read the comments, …

Some HOA amenities falling out of favor, disappearing for good

Homeowners lament loss of their favorite hobbies - and property values By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Quite often I hear from homeowners who tell me that, while they are frustrated with their homeowners’ association, they are reluctant to move because they enjoy their community amenities. On the other hand, I also hear from …

HOA, condo, co-op fraud, theft, & corruption roundup (Nov. 2017)

  By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Charleston accounting manager charged with embezzling more than $750,000 (SC) By Dave Munday dmunday@postandcourier.com Oct 26, 2017 Updated Oct 27, 2017 An accounting manager accused of embezzling from her Charleston employer was in court asking for a public defender Thursday, after federal prosecutors accused her of depositing …