By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities When you look at the Big Picture, it’s easy to see why housing is so expensive in the U.S. Today IAC highlights 4 national trends toward higher density, multifamily housing, with a big emphasis on suburban condos and building more rental apartments. See if you can spot real estate industry PR, which is shifting away from detached single family housing, private land ownership, and homeownership in general. Also note Continue ReadingU.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Let’s explore some practical affordable housing options, looking outside the HOA Box. For more than forty years, real estate stakeholders have promoted their ideal of the association-governed corporate community. The trade groups at the forefront of this 50-year-old housing experiment have managed to build more than 344,000 association-governed communities, housing more than 70 million residents. According to estimated statistics provided by trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI), in 1970, Continue ReadingHow about some truly affordable non-HOA housing options?
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities No question about it. Affordable housing is a hot button issue in the U.S. right now. And lots of people are looking for creative solutions to the problem. In recent years, the Tiny House movement has gained quite a bit of attention. Once prominently featured on HGTV, some of the earliest versions of tiny homes were mobile and towable. Slightly larger versions looked more like back yard sheds or Continue ReadingAffordable housing options: can’t we do better than tiny homes under HOA rule?