Dysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Today’s HOA news roundup highlights a persistent pattern of negligent HOAs and bitter conflict between owner-occupants and investor-owners. Plus, an HOA attorney urges board members to regulate speech on social media. Colorado Why did it take 6 months for this HOA to repair this resident’s kitchen? Sometimes, a little intervention from your local TV investigative reporter gets your HOA to take action. Imagine living with an unusable kitchen Continue ReadingDysfunction in HOA-ville USA (November 2019)

HOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com Examples of resolutions to several vexing HOA problems: completion of major stucco repair project in FL; new sidewalk in AZ; flag dispute resolved in NC; affordable housing assistance in WY; city rethinks its trash bin pickup policy in IA.   FL: Once unlivable condos are livable again. It only took 11 years. In the last IAC update on Metrowest, Orlando (June 2018), residents were still complaining about the slow Continue ReadingHOA, condo, and co-op good news — for a change (Oct. 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com In this update: Golf course owners face financial difficulties; homeowners in several states object to redevelopment plans of defunct golf courses; Arizona homeowners win court victory to save their adjacent golf course.   California Resort owner shuts down second of two golf courses, hopes to find buyer Diablo Grande is a planned community that was built around two 18-hole golf courses, the Legends and the Ranch. Despite original Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op golf community updates (Sept/Oct 2019)

HOA rules vs. human compassion

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com Let’s face it. Most people hate rules, especially picky and petty HOA rules. But a few people love them, and will go out of their way to strictly enforce them, No Matter What. And sometimes — maybe most of the time — it takes a cold-hearted soul without compassion to enforce HOA rules. In the month of September, local news stations aired three examples of the cruel reality Continue ReadingHOA rules vs. human compassion