Is the tide turning with respect to private property rights of HOA residents?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This Independence Day, IAC reflects upon recent events that indicate that the courts and real estate developers are rethinking the management industry’s decades-old attempt at restricting property rights by way of restrictive covenants. Residents of property governed by homeowners’ associations are increasingly challenging the HOA’s rights to enforce restrictive …

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HOA Common interest community real estate trends

Changes coming to HOA, condo neighborhoods The industry keeps trying to tweak the HOA, condo product. But do recent changes improve communities, or simply cause new problems? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Six new trends are likely to make homeownership more complicated, and less predictable than ever before. 1. Site Condominiums In Michigan, it …

Federal Housing Authority confirms investigation of Michigan HOA for religious discrimination

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   A federal lawsuit has prompted an investigation of Bay View Association, a seasonal community in Michigan, whose board recently enacted a policy requiring all of its property owners to be practicing Christians, affiliated with a church. See this AP news release: Feds investigate Michigan resort community that requires …

These Texas homeowners don’t want an HOA, but developers are trying to impose one

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   How would you feel if you went out of your way to purchase a home that is NOT governed by a homeowners’ association, only to have an HOA forced upon you a few years later? That’s exactly what may be happening in Key Largo, a subdivision in Converse, …

Florida mobile home owners forced to move out

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Living on a low income certainly limits housing choices, especially in South Florida’s pricey Miami metropolitan area. With rents starting at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, owning a mobile home in Sunny Gardens Mobile Home park seems like an affordable dream. For less than $50,000, a …

Are HOAs actually “a form of local democracy with leaders elected by their neighbors?”

It’s time to debunk one of the most deceptive political statements repeatedly made by the HOA industry’s most influential trade group By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities On their Facebook Page, Community Association’s Institute (CAI) prominently posts an infographic entitled “The HOA Fundamentals.” Here's a screen shot, along with the source link: https://www.facebook.com/CAIsocial/photos/a.393580374014337.87323.297394356966273/1750665821639112/?type=3&theater Every single one of these …

Creekside Homeowners Association owes developers $422,789

But the years’ long battle over redevelopment of Creekside Golf Club is not over yet   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Hundreds of golf courses across the U.S. are struggling to remain profitable, a market trend that has been widely reported for several years. A combination of factors have led to golf’s decline. …

Ramapo Mountain Lakes asks court to compel assessments from all homeowners, following NJ statute amendment

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last August, IAC introduced readers to a complex New Jersey legal dispute involving property owners near Crystal and Mirror Lakes. Since the 1950s, both lakes and related recreational facilities have been maintained by Ramapo Mountain Lakes (RML), Inc. According to legal records, the community was developed in the 1940s as …

NV Homeowners call Neighborhood Improvement District a “backhanded” HOA

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In response to reader concerns and curiosity about various special tax districts, IAC will be exploring the pros and cons of public or quasi-public funding and taxing entities. I don’t know why local governments are getting involved in the business of neighborhood beautification. In my opinion, neighborhood beautification is …

From Chicago to Charlotte, condo owners attempt to cash in on their own terms

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In cities across the U.S., the real estate market is hot, and land is scarce. Developers are on the lookout for investment opportunities. Some have their eye on older, low-rise condominium buildings and developments located on prime parcels of land. The goal — gain control of the association, …