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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Is the tide turning with respect to private property rights of HOA residents?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This Independence Day, IAC reflects upon recent events that indicate that the courts and real estate developers are rethinking the management industry’s decades-old attempt at restricting property rights by way of restrictive covenants. Residents of property governed by homeowners’ associations are increasingly challenging the HOA’s rights to enforce restrictive …

HOA Common interest community real estate trends

Changes coming to HOA, condo neighborhoods The industry keeps trying to tweak the HOA, condo product. But do recent changes improve communities, or simply cause new problems? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Six new trends are likely to make homeownership more complicated, and less predictable than ever before. 1. Site Condominiums In Michigan, it …

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …

Spring Creek HOA needs $90M for road repair (NV)

Owners also seek options to private water and sewer utility. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities For more than two years, Spring Creek Association in Elko, Nevada, has been looking for the magic cure for its crumbling infrastructure. In addition to a variety of recreational amenities, the sprawling association has more than 5,400 lots, 150 …

Rene Boucher, Rand Paul, and Rivergreen HOA entangled in litigation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Just when you thought you'd heard the last of the neighborhood dispute between Senator Rand Paul and his neighbor, the one that culminated in a criminal assault prosecution and conviction of Rene Boucher... The dispute continues in civil court. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Paul sued …

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (June 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: several managers, former board members of association-governed communities either arrested or sentenced; mortgage fraud investigation continues in Florida; a developer and hotel owner is sued by owners of condo association for raising fees by 150%; environmental fraud in Massachusetts results in light sentence   Sentencing delayed for …

Should homeowners shift from voluntary to mandatory HOA?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today’s feature article caught my eye because, in the past year, I’ve heard from several homeowners concerned about the possibility of their voluntary homeowners’ association converting to a mandatory HOA. John Romano’s column in the Tampa Bay Times features Venetian Isles, St. Petersburg, Florida. The 50+ year-old waterfront neighborhood …

Is HOA trade group’s survey a valid measure of satisfaction?

How does Community Association Institute’s industry-sponsored research data compare to scientific studies of public satisfaction with local government?   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Every two years, trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) rolls out the results of its survey of U.S. residents of association-governed communities, including homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations. CAI …

GA state senator and colleagues lose HOA election, but refuse to give up seats on board

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It’s election season in many homeowners,’ condominium, and cooperative associations. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year we see and hear many reports of HOA election disputes. Take, for example, Southland Owners Association in Stone Mountain, Georgia. WGCL news CBS46 interviewed several homeowners who are frustrated with the operation …