Three outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: an Oregon HOA wants to end mandatory contributions to a builder’s nonprofit; a Pennsylvania homeowner appeals a case that seems like an obvious condo board conflict of interest; and the Texas AG fights an HOA’s attempt to incorporate as a city. Do you know what those closing fees are for? Buying  a home is expensive. In addition to the purchase price, a buyer is likely to pay Continue ReadingThree outrageous HOA lawsuits (March 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Feb. 2019)

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 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: more HOA lawsuits against golf course owners seeking to develop their land. But one Florida community votes to tax themselves to purchase and maintain a golf course from the developer. Oregon: Did HOA use reserve funds to pay for lawsuit against golf course developers? The owners of Creekside Golf Club thought their legal dispute over redevelopment was over in May 2017. That’s when a judge ruled in Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Feb. 2019)

Think your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In some parts of the country, the real estate industry is marketing townhouses to first time homebuyers and retirees looking to downsize. Builders are also putting up townhouses in vacation destinations. Several times per month I hear from homebuyers that are considering buying a townhouse, because they do not want to do yard work or exterior maintenance. Some are growing older, others work long hours or travel often, some Continue ReadingThink your HOA townhouse is convenient, maintenance free? Think again.

Oregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000

Attorney says case will help many others fighting for disability, civil rights in HOAs By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On Mother’s Day, today’s blog pays tribute to Renee Kuhn, a mother who, with support from her husband, Gary, is a fierce advocate for her daughter, Khrizma, and countless other people with disabilities who choose to live in Association-Governed Housing. You may remember previous blogs about the Kuhn family, who has been engaged in a Continue ReadingOregon HOA settles fair housing dispute over RV for $300,000