HOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities An update to the 2016 article Homeowners’ Association residents’ interests often clash with trade group CAI. A reminder that the trade group does not represent the interests of 70 million homeowners and residents in associstion-governed communities.   In their 2015 Annual Report CAI claimed to be the “single most credible resource not just for community managers and board members but also for the tens of millions of Americans who make their homes Continue ReadingHOA residents’ interests often clash with trade group

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Is an “affordable” home or condo a good investment?

Real estate investment homeownership handshake

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Community Two hot topics in real estate these days are the current housing affordability crisis and real estate’s investment potential — or lack of it. There’s no sugar-coating the truth. The U.S. real estate market has changed dramatically in the wake of a financial meltdown ten years ago. And today’s housing market is certainly much different from any decade since the post-World War II era. At one time in the Continue ReadingIs an “affordable” home or condo a good investment?

Religious Freedom, HOA Civil Rights victory for homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Good news for homeowners in Solera at Kern Canyon, a Bakersfield, CA, del Webb community designed for senior residents. A group of residents, previously denied access to the community club house for bible study and Sunday worship meetings, recently settled their civil rights litigation in mediation. According to a news release by Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), two residents filed lawsuits against the homeowners’ association in 2016, after Solera suspended Continue ReadingReligious Freedom, HOA Civil Rights victory for homeowners

California towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m seeing a disturbing trend: reports of local government corruption and profiteering. And the strategies being used by town, city, and county elected officials mirror abusive tactics commonly used in association-governed communities. As you read the following article published by Reason magazine, note the parallels to HOA-ville. First, a homeowner or shareholder is fined by the homeowners,’ condo, or cooperative association, usually for some minor or bogus violation of Continue ReadingCalifornia towns imitating HOAs, attorneys reap profits