City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports first. Word is beginning to spread across the country, with an epidemic of poor design and shoddy construction, especially prevalent in condominium projects and all types of planned communities governed by homeowner associations. The common theme: housing consumers cannot count on city and county inspectors to prevent construction defects Continue ReadingCity, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

Condo inspections should include evaluation of exterior, common elements

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Condominiums are a special breed of multifamily housing. Usually, these are apartment-style dwellings in high- or low-rise structures. But instead of paying rent to a landlord, you have the opportunity to own a unit. Typically you own the interior of your condo, but most everything outside the walls and door to your living space is jointly owned by all owners in the condominium association. In the case of a Continue ReadingCondo inspections should include evaluation of exterior, common elements

Why won’t HOA allow radon mitigation system?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s another example of just how much power your HOA has, including the power to interfere with your health, your family’s well-being, and the sale of your home. Melissa Crowder of Stapleton, Colorado, has had her house on the market. She had a willing buyer. A home inspection revealed elevated levels of radon, a naturally-occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is a known carcinogen. Therefore, the buyer requested that Crowder Continue ReadingWhy won’t HOA allow radon mitigation system?