By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA-industry trade groups promote housing development governed by homeowners and condominium associations as sustainable communities. But don’t be fooled. Those claims are nothing more than public relations and marketing hype. The truth is, most “community associations” succumb to a variety of problems and crises that lead to their slow, painful decline and ultimate death. Today I’ll highlight two examples. Camelot burns to the ground, but HOA still collects Continue ReadingThe slow, painful deaths of HOA & condo associations
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities More golf courses in transition, and several lawsuits heating up, including a lawsuit against legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. From golf course to active senior community (GA) Summit Chase Country Club and Patrick Malloy Companies LLC have plans to build 257 homes for older adults, age 55 and up, on the site of an 18-hole golf course. The Country Club currently has 27 holes, and 9 holes would remain open Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf community updates (April 2019)
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In today’s post, IAC considers the question: in the relentless quest for protecting property values, haven’t some cities gone too far? Beware: Some cities turning into HOAs on steroids Several city and county governments in Georgia are up in arms about proposed restrictions on their power to dictate design elements of single-family and duplex homes. Five House representatives are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit local governments from Continue ReadingShould cities adopt HOA-like restrictions?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: class action lawsuit involving special assessment for balcony defects; homeowner sues claiming racial discrimination; HOA refuses to allow veteran to put up a flagpole and fly the American flag Georgia: Class action lawsuit says condo association relied on fake building engineer’s advice, and it cost unit owners $5,000 apiece According to a report from WSB-TV, several years ago, homeowners of 1280 West condominium were forced to pay Continue ReadingWho’s suing the HOA now? (Feb 2019)