Kansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities With technical assistance from city officials, homeowners in one Wichita subdivision will share costs to be rid of a foul smell from neighborhood ponds. As reported on KAKE, the unpleasant odor is caused by a combination of stagnant water, organic debris, lawn fertilizer run off, and dying algae blooms. The Dell was developed in the 1950s, and, at one time, had a homeowners association to adjust pond levels and Continue ReadingKansas homeowners deal with defunct HOA and foul smelling ponds

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HOA Issue #2: HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Have you ever seen a real estate ad for a home boasting its “water view” or a “lake” view? Here’s a Buyer Beware message for retention ponds, wetlands. Unless you’re viewing a home near a recreational lake — a real lake used for boating, fishing, swimming and other water Continue ReadingHOA Issue #2: HOA Realities — living next to a retention pond or wetland

Spotsylvania sinkhole inspires Virginia HB 1614

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The bill would permit use of grant funds for stormwater and erosion management for private homeowners and HOAs. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Back in July, I wrote a post about Virginia homeowner Doug Woods. His property is the site of the infamous Spotsylvania sinkhole. The hole opened up near Woods’ driveway in February, after a metal storm water pipe collapsed. Since then, Woods has watched the sinkhole swallow up more of his yard. Continue ReadingSpotsylvania sinkhole inspires Virginia HB 1614

Potomac Landing homeowners protest changes to development plan (VA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Dozens of homeowners from a waterfront community in King George County, Virginia, are protesting a real estate investment company’s plan to change the nature of their planned community. The waterfront neighborhood of Potomac Landing is small and exclusive, with spacious homes located near the Potomac River, not far from Fredericksburg. Recent home sales in the community range from $330,000 to $500,000. Virgina Department of Transportation maintains Potomac Landing’s roads and Continue ReadingPotomac Landing homeowners protest changes to development plan (VA)