HOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many times I hear from homeowners that they purchased their townhouse or condo so that they would not have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and maintain trees and shrubs on their property. But buying into a low-maintenance association-governed community has its down side. For one thing, a homeowner loses control over when, how, or even IF the landscape that surrounds them is maintained. Ask Penny Armstrong, an Austin Continue ReadingHOA Issue #3: HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

After the fire: a reality check for condo owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Multifamily housing may seem to provide a low-maintenance lifestyle, an a more affordable alternative to owning or leasing a detached single family home. But, in fact, attached housing can cost more to maintain and insure in the long run. Plus, attached walls and stacked housing units create increased risk of fire, resulting in property damage, personal injury, and even fatalities. Condominium and homeowner associations present a higher risk for Continue ReadingAfter the fire: a reality check for condo owners

HOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Many times I hear from homeowners that they purchased their townhouse or condo so that they would not have to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and maintain trees adn shrubs on their property. But buying into a low-maintenance association-governed community has its down side. For one thing, a homeowner loses control over when, how, or even IF the landscape that surrounds them is maintained. Ask Penny Armstrong, an Austin Continue ReadingHOA won’t allow homeowner to cut down tree that’s destroying her home

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