Unpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Property owners in this St. Louis (MO) homeowners’ association are coping with sewage backup, suing their Property Owners’ Association for failure to repair the lateral sewer line located on association property. Portland Place with its historic enclave of grand homes situated near Forest Park, has a sewage system that is showing its age. Portland Place property owners claim association failed to fix sewers by Lhalie Castillo | Nov. 10, 2017, Continue ReadingUnpleasant surprises for HOA homeowners

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Disappointing HOA rebuild following gas explosion (NJ)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What if several homes in your Association-Governed townhouse community were destroyed by an accidental explosion or fire? Who would pay for the damages? How long would it take to rebuild? And most importantly, would your home be made good as new again? Two years ago in South Fork HOA of Ewing, New Jersey, dozens of homes were damaged by a fatal gas explosion. One woman died from her injuries, Continue ReadingDisappointing HOA rebuild following gas explosion (NJ)

MN woman sues HOA for discriminatory enforcement of covenants

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today I share the predicament of a townhouse owner from Minnesota. Her story begs the question: barring any public nuisance or criminal activity, is it appropriate for a homeowners association to dictate your choice of house guests or roommates? And should it be legal for your Association to monitor and impose minimum time restrictions for their length of stay in your home? Teri Ross, a marketing and social media Continue ReadingMN woman sues HOA for discriminatory enforcement of covenants

7 things to consider before buying a townhouse

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Buyer beware of real estate industry news releases that only present part of the story about affordability of townhouses.  Here’s an example. Townhouses rise in popularity as an affordable option …lots of people also need an affordable price tag to be able to buy. Enter the townhouse. These attached single-family homes account for about 12 percent of all new single-family construction starts, according to the NAHB. The share is Continue Reading7 things to consider before buying a townhouse