What is an HOA “Master Association?”

HOA suburb aerial view

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Do you live in common interest communities where you are required to pay assessments to more than one HOA — a Sub-association and a Master Association? Then you may be curious about the purpose of a Master Association. Think of a Master Association as an “umbrella” association that manages common areas shared by members of several different phases or sections of a large planned community, each governed by separate Sub-associations. Continue ReadingWhat is an HOA “Master Association?”

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HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Jan 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Long list of HOA theft and embezzlement in this month’s roundup, as well as attorney misconduct. The industry can no longer claim “isolated incidents.” Former manager accused of taking more than $100,000 from Lincoln Village area HOA By Wes Bowers Record Staff Writer Posted Jan 25, 2019 at 5:18 PM Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 5:18 PM STOCKTON — The former manager of a Lincoln Village area homeowners association Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Jan 2019)

Has the HOA community association created a new vision for Fair Housing?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In past decade or so, real estate developers and investors started targeting private and common interest community housing to specific groups of buyers, based upon religious background. But, is it legal under U.S. Fair Housing Act of 1968? The answer, it appears, is not obvious. Joppatowne, MD lawsuits focus on alleged Muslim-only community For example, in October of 2017, Faheem Younus, developer of River Run, made national headlines when Continue ReadingHas the HOA community association created a new vision for Fair Housing?

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Nov-Dec 2018)

golf course view of back yards

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Several new reports of golf course closures and plans for redevelopment. Easton Club, MD; Royal Oaks (TN); River Valley Ranch (CO); Vellano of Chino Hills (CA); St. Andrews (MS); Escondido Country Club (CA). Easton Club assoc. sues golf course owner (MD) Dec 14, 2018 The Star Democrat EASTON — The Easton Club Community Association and one of its members are asking a court to order Maryland Health Clubs LLC Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Nov-Dec 2018)