The undisclosed, very risky HOA – Housing consumer partnership

Real estate investment homeownership handshake

How privatization of community development wastes your money and compromises your rights By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This week, I read two fascinating and informative articles that, combined, help to explain, in a nutshell, the fundamental reason why buying into property located in association—governed, common interest communities is becoming one of the most financially risky investments in the U.S. The first article, written by nonprofit national media organization Strong Towns, explains Public-Private Partnerships, Continue ReadingThe undisclosed, very risky HOA – Housing consumer partnership

Should our water infrastructure be public or private?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Now that the crisis of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan is getting national attention, it’s time for American taxpayers to do some soul searching. News flash: water supply, sanitary and storm sewer systems are aging and deteriorating all over the nation. The truth is, contaminants are entering water supplies in all 50 states. Most of the time, it’s not publicly reported, or reports are confined to the local news Continue ReadingShould our water infrastructure be public or private?