U.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When you look at the Big Picture, it’s easy to see why housing is so expensive in the U.S. Today IAC highlights 4 national trends toward higher density, multifamily housing, with a big emphasis on suburban condos and building more rental apartments. See if you can spot real estate industry PR, which is shifting away from detached single family housing, private land ownership, and homeownership in general. Also note Continue ReadingU.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments

Urban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you missed it, I published a page on IAC that documents the pros and cons of higher density, mixed use communities promoted by fans of New Urbanism. It’s a must read for home buyers, business owners, and investors, before buying a home or condo, or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community. But our Canadian neighbors to the North also feed Continue ReadingUrban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

NH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., an “affordable” housing policy war brews between suburban homeowners and promoters of New Urbanism.” For readers who aren’t familiar with the terminology, the international organization, Congress for the New Urbanism, defines the concept as follows: New Urbanism is a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and Continue ReadingNH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

Three factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why most new construction and redevelopment in the past 20-30 years is part of a common interest community with a mandatory membership homeowners or condominium association? Contrary to real estate industry pubic relations efforts, the institutionalization of private governance of communities — both residential and mixed-use — is not primarily a result of widespread public demand for a shared property ownership lifestyle. Instead, stakeholders of the multibillion Continue ReadingThree factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing