Not-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Is America a nation divided by homeowners’ associations (HOAs)? Stakeholders in the real estate industry are fond of promoting association-governed common interest developments as utopian neighborhoods with a “sense of community.” You’ve probably seen the commercials for lushly landscaped planned subdivisions and villages, right? The ones that show happy, healthy active adults biking, playing golf, or eating sushi together. Or maybe you’re still working and raising children. You might Continue ReadingNot-so-United States: a nation divided by HOAs

HOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

Sunset behind mountains

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado HB18-1175 Colorado statute has required licensure for Community Association Managers since July 1, 2015. But that requirement was set to be repealed as of July 1, 2018. This Legislative session, HB18-1175 was introduced to extend manager licensing for another 5 years, until 2023. The bill was considered in the House, where it was amended with new requirements for licensure qualifications, and also allows for an “apprentice” to a Continue ReadingHOA, condo, coop legislation updates (CO, HI, MD, SC Sept. 2018)

The HOA war against tenants

Long-term tenants sometimes viewed as pariahs in association-governed communities By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   If you think that association-governed communities only affect the rights of their member homeowners, think again. In HOA-ville, tenant rights are compromised, too. Tenants who lease condo or HOA homes for 6 months or more are often treated like second-class citizens. Sometimes homeowners — especially owner-occupants — openly resent their presence in the community. . For example, consider this Continue ReadingThe HOA war against tenants

Real estate trends across the U.S. disrupting HOA, condo market

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today I share several articles from across the country, all of which provide a Big Picture view of disruptions to the HOA industry. For starters, the rental market is quite robust, because many consumers are choosing to rent rather than buy. Some housing markets have become so unaffordable that a home purchase is out of the question, even for middle class homebuyers. But even consumers who can afford Continue ReadingReal estate trends across the U.S. disrupting HOA, condo market