U.S. housing industry pushes costly HOAs, condos, & apartments

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

America’s suburban soul has no HOA

Suburban home blur street

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

Developers push for density in new California housing development

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Developers and local housing planners often choose to promote a proposed planned community, by contacting local media. The result is news/press release articles like the following example describing a proposed housing project for southern California, outside of Old Town Temecula. Should proposed Altair housing project near Old Town Temecula get the green light? SHANE NEWELL | snewell@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise December 9, 2017 at 9:00 am Nearly 300 acres Continue ReadingDevelopers push for density in new California housing development