America’s suburban soul has no HOA

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Have you noticed the a culture war against millions of U.S. residents who live in suburban and rural locations? The war is waged by a small but influential group of city planners, and New Urbanism Think Tanks. In their zest to design and build utopian cities, these urban elitists regularly bash the suburbs as undesirable ‘sprawl.’ The majority of urban planners seem to misunderstand non-city dwellers. In their minds, Continue ReadingAmerica’s suburban soul has no HOA

No need for HOA in the future’s driverless suburban utopia

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Here’s some news that’s not really news. The vast majority of Americans prefer living in the suburbs rather than urban centers in crowded, expensive cities. Shocker! Here at IAC, several previous posts have pointed out that Census data and home builder surveys indicate that most Americans choose suburban living over vibrant, gentrified downtowns. The truth is, most of us are priced out of living in the heart of Los Angeles, Continue ReadingNo need for HOA in the future’s driverless suburban utopia

Market research suggests HOA living, amenities are unpopular

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) has just released additional market research information on home buyer preferences for neighborhood types and availability of amenities. The September 2015 study also compares buyer preferences by generation. The following news release suggests, once again, that the majority of homebuyers tend not to prefer many of the most common community features marketed by Community Associations Institute (CAI) as selling points for homeowners’ and condominium associations. Continue ReadingMarket research suggests HOA living, amenities are unpopular