Homeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This week, Shu Bartholomew and I sort out half-truths and illusions surrounding homeownership in the U.S. Do restrictive covenants and homeowners’ associations really protect property values? Are consumers of new homes getting a safe, high quality product? Who truly benefits from the current housing policy? Listen in on the podcast here.  Referenced blogs: Firefighters say newer homes burn faster than old homes Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with Continue ReadingHomeownership in HOA-ville: is there any real benefit?

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Colorado developer plans new 900-home community with no HOA

Craft Homes LLC community will be established as a Metropolitan Special District By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Is Colorado developer Tim Craft actually thinking outside the HOA box? Yes, according to a report on Denver 7 News. Craft says his new 900-home community, Independence, will be financed by a Metropolitan Special District (MSD) rather than a homeowners association (HOA). (Note: In the Denver area, a $300,000 new home is considered “affordable.”) No HOA, Continue ReadingColorado developer plans new 900-home community with no HOA

Why can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   While land planners and developers affiliated with Urban Land Institute continue to press for higher density communities – more housing units per acre of land – many local governments seem to resist taking density too far. You see, it turns out their constituents are not in favor of cramming the maximum number of housing units onto available land. But local Planning Commissions have their own seemingly arbitrary land Continue ReadingWhy can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?

FL: Volusia County suggests HOA to fund improvement of flooded private dirt road

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Life-long big city residents may not realize that some of their rural neighbors still live on dirt roads, and that they are expected to maintain those roads without any help from local or state government. One example: Ranchette Road in Volusia County, Florida, roughly 6 miles west of New Smyrna Beach. According to a report in the Daytona Beach News Journal, the dirt road that leads south from Continue ReadingFL: Volusia County suggests HOA to fund improvement of flooded private dirt road