The myth of affordable, attainable HOA housing

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities To follow up on yesterday’s post on ULI’s push for more HOA-governed common interest communities, let’s examine ULI’s standard myth that smaller, attached housing is more affordable or attainable than a detached home that is not HOA-governed.   Purchase prices of new homes There’s no question that townhouses, in general, have lower sale prices than detached single family homes. But the main reason for the lower sale price is Continue ReadingThe myth of affordable, attainable HOA housing

HOA industry makes its case for affordable “attainable” housing

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New ULI report offers insight into the HOA-industry’s agenda By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities By now, everyone in the U.S. knows about our housing affordability crisis. The problem extends beyond our cities’ disgraceful problems with homelessness. As home prices continue to rise in most U.S. housing markets, middle class American households are stretching their budgets to the limit. In some of the hottest real estate markets, consumers continue to pay rent, often because they Continue ReadingHOA industry makes its case for affordable “attainable” housing

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

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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