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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Tucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Continental Reserve HOA  is a planned community of 1,326 homes managed by Associa-Tucson, established in 2002. Typical of many desert communities in Arizona, its storm water system consists of dry riverbeds called “washes.” Most of Arizon’s rain falls in the monsoon season, which runs from June 15 - September 30. …

Salisbury, MD plans to be part of solution to HOA storm water flooding

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Eireann Mhor subdivision, located in Salisbury, Maryland, is a 25-year old neighborhood of middle, working class residents. The neighborhood and surrouding area has a history of flooding, said to be related to their poorly maintained, privately owned storm water system. Like most homeowners’  associations in the U.S., there’s little to …

PA: to homeowner’s dismay, Township won’t help fix sinkhole, because it’s on private HOA property

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’d be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten homeowners are unaware that their HOA may own the storm water management infrastructure in their community. It’s not as though developers and home builders have anything to gain by advertising the fact that future homeowners will be …

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, …

HOA rule enforcement often leads to financial pressure, threats to health

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities By now, it’s common knowledge that homeowners,’ condo, and cooperative associations can be very strict about enforcing their covenants. And some of the rules enacted by HOA boards are downright unreasonable and crazy. But enforcing onerous rules is more than a mere annoyance for many homeowners and residents. Allow …

HOAs struggle to pay for private dam repairs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summertime is high season for enjoying activities on the lake. But, in many private communities across the U.S., deteriorated dams can no longer safely contain waters of manmade recreational lakes. Most private lake communities are governed by recreation or lake associations through club memberships. Homes in many of these …

New details released surrounding NC HOA racial profiling incident

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week Jasmine Abhulimen, a North Carolina resident of Glenridge community, posted a video of one of then HOA board member Adam Bloom, who called the local police because he did not believe Abhulimen was a resident with the right to use the community’s private pool. Because she and …

Homeowners want to know: what’s taking HOA so long to fix the pool?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Summer in Las Vegas — daytime temperatures more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, overnight low temps above 80 degrees. In that intense heat, the main reason residents of Qunitessa at Mountain’s Edge dare to venture outside is to take a quick dip in the community swimming pool. But this summer, …