Buying a home in a community association (HOA), beware of fake news

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities FACT: Many articles we see in print and online are nothing more than public relations, marketing, or political propaganda. That’s why there’s been such a buzz about #FakeNews. And, of course, the real estate industry that promotes the creation, sale, and ongoing care of association governed communities has been publishing and promoting all kinds of misleading information about the virtues of “community association” living for several decades. Websites like Continue ReadingBuying a home in a community association (HOA), beware of fake news

Homeowners’ Associations: 3 facts vs. myths

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Top 3 Fact Check list about life in common interest, Association-Governed Housing, including Condominium Associations and Homeowners Associations (HOAs) – also known as Planned Communities or Private Communities.   Myth #1. HOAs are enclaves for the wealthy Facts: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled Neighbor Disputes Turn Wealthy Areas Into War Zones, certainly perpetuates the misconception that only the uber-rich live in HOAs. But nothing could be Continue ReadingHomeowners’ Associations: 3 facts vs. myths

Do homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Thomas Jefferson. (n.d.). AZQuotes.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from AZQuotes.com Web site: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1136694   You’ve probably heard this before: in an HOA, homeowners get the board they deserve. It’s often uttered by HOA industry spokespersons, along with the tired lament about how apathy is destroying Association Governed Housing. If only homeowners would care. If only they’d give a damn, get involved, and vote in elections. Then everything would be Continue ReadingDo homeowners get the HOA board they deserve?

2 More HOA myths busted

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Myth #1: HOAs protect property values What factors determine the value of your property? Certainly, the desirability of the location is a factor. Safety and security are important. For some people, a good school district is a critical factor. For others, proximity to work and/or transportation is equally important. Most people want a clean neighborhood where the streets are well maintained and trash is regularly picked up. Attractive homes Continue Reading2 More HOA myths busted