After negative media attention, condo association has change of heart

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After media attention, good news for Florida woman who couldn’t smell the mold growing in her condo near Orlando. Her association had a change of heart. A few weeks ago WFTV news reported that Judy Young’s condo association invoiced her more than $6,000 to clean up mold and make …

Disabled woman stuck with bills for moldy condo

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Water was slowly leaking into her condo. But the disabled homeowner could not smell the mold until her unit was heavily damaged. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many people who buy into the condominium lifestyle do so expecting both affordability and ease of maintenance. But for 72-year-old Judy Young of Orlando, life at One Thousand …

Condo lawsuit: former residents sickened by filthy A/C system

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Mother and toddler diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in 2016 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How many times have you heard the real estate sales pitch that the condo lifestyle is carefree? It’s often untrue. The truth is, even if you happen to own or rent a luxury condominium in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, …

Tenant, owner nightmares continue with leaky, moldy condos

The Worthington, Marietta, faces huge financial challenges By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Here’s another typical “affordable” condominium residential community near the end of its life cycle - The Worthington Condominiums, located in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County records indicate that The Worthington consists of two buildings at 1960 and 1962 Spectrum Circle, both constructed in …

Sewage backups, black mold in nextdoor condo drive mother, daughter from their home

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to a report on KSHB news, Mortgage lender James B. Nutter & Company had promised Aimee Patton that she would be able to return home to her condo with her daughter Amelia before Christmas. But it appears that isn’t going to happen. The condo nightmare began for …

Condo living not so carefree for these owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Owning a condo is not as affordable and carefree as real estate brokers and developers promise. When you share walls, roofs, and financial liabilities with co-owners, you have limited control over how association property is maintained, whether or not it is adequately insured, or who will ultimately make …

Ormond Heritage condo owners facing moldy nightmare

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   For many home buyers looking for a place to vacation or retire, Florida is at the top of the list. Condominiums are popular because buyers are sold on the notion of a carefree lifestyle, often with resort amenities. Waterfront condos are attractive to affluent buyers looking for great …

In New York, Condos are ‘Zombies,’ too

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Overall, the number of abandoned homes in foreclosure is declining. However, there are still real estate markets that have been slow to recover, and where "zombie" foreclosures remain a big problem. It varies by real estate market.   Vacant “Zombie” Foreclosures Decrease 30 Percent in Second Quarter 2016 Compared …

Former city council leader sues ritzy condo association because of mold

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Yep. Even prominent public figures get burned by their condo or homeowners associations. Even if they happen to be members of the yacht club in Marina City, Marina de Rey, California. Nate Holden was a former L.A. City Councilman, and a former member of his condo association board. But …

HarborView condo (MD) files bankruptcy following legal dispute over mold

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Even luxury condominium associations face financial risks. HarborView Towers condo association in Baltimore's inner Harbor recently filed for bankruptcy. The tower of 249 units was constructed in 1993. But in 2010, a penthouse owner, Paul G. Clark, sued the association when a leaky roof caused extensive damage to his …