Your HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities I’m amazed by the number of people who believe that an HOA “protects” homeowners from a horrible neighbor by enforcing rules that uphold property values. The research on HOAs and property values is quite thin, and simply doesn’t support the HOA industry’s lofty claims. The truth is many HOAs are poorly managed. It’s quite common for association-governed communities to experience power struggles that make it difficult to arrive at a Continue ReadingYour HOA can’t save you from a horrible neighbor

Why do people who hate rules buy into an HOA?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Now here’s a good question that comes up over and over again, whenever a homeowners’ association horror story circulates in the news and across social media. And, if you read comment threads, you will inevitably see the typical responses: “I would never buy a home in an HOA,” plus the ever common “didn’t you know about the rules before you bought the house/moved in?” But these commenters assume Continue ReadingWhy do people who hate rules buy into an HOA?

Ashlin’s parents respond to Prairie Creek Ridge HOA’s statement about play set, trees

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The HOA now claims it’s not opposed to the playground, just the “tree fence” surrounding the homeowners’ yard By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Since my previous post on a Prairie Creek Ridge’s homeowner dispute over a playground and arborvitae hedge, there have been some new developments. First, following widespread publicity of the dispute, the HOA now claims it was never really against the playground, and that the board is just disputing the 12 foot Continue ReadingAshlin’s parents respond to Prairie Creek Ridge HOA’s statement about play set, trees

This might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Now here’s a report that you might expect from The Onion, the infamous internet site for satirical and entirely untrue news stories. But, no, this KCRA report featuring residents upset about a new HOA “garage door policy” is apparently for real. Believe it or not, Auburn Greens HOA has enacted a new rule that requires all residents to leave their roll-up garage doors wide open all day, from Continue ReadingThis might win the prize for the most stupid HOA rule