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Do HOAs have too much power?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Do homeowner, condominium, and cooperative associations have too much power over community …

Real Estate

The Turn

Tim GustafsonEsther 8:11–17For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. Esther 8:16As the minister spoke at a funeral for an …

Faith

Tension increases in HOA dispute as critical sign remains in residents' yard

Disagreements between a Loveland couple and their neighborhood homeowners association have escalated while a sign attacking the association remains …

Colorado

Can Chicago homeowners override condo board’s $500K special assessment?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>I was recently provided a copy of a memo written by State Parkway Condominium Association, …

Government

In HOAs, fights over how to spend the money are common

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>While consumers may buy into a maintenance provided homeowners’ or condominium association for the …

Real Estate

Homeowners suing Poinciana’s developer left and right

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Updated 9:15 PM EDT<p>Regular readers of <i>IAC</i> know that Poinciana, a large master planned community in …

Housing

Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>A recent Wall Street Journal article, Luxury-Home Developers’ Latest Pitch: Unspoiled Nature, has …

Pros and Cons

Rich people problems: Rich SF homeowners lose private street to couple over unpaid taxes - TomoNews

Real Estate

Georgia HOA banishes school bus from neighborhood streets

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Judging from the emails and messages I receive on a daily basis, there is no shortage of HOA …

Transportation

City, home inspectors fail to identify defects in condo and HOA construction

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>If you are in the market for a new or recently renovated home or condo, view the following reports …

Real Estate

Fannie, Freddie fail Dodd-Frank severe stress test

The <b>Federal Housing Finance Agency</b> released the latest results of the Dodd-Frank Act stress test results for <b>Fannie Mae</b> and <b>Freddie Mac</b>.<p>Both of the GSEs …

Economy

Wealthy San Francisco Neighborhood Fails To Pay Taxes, Loses Private Street

A four-floor San Francisco mansion at 26 Presidio Terrace was recently on the market for $14.5 million; 30 Presidio Terrace, a neighbor in the gated community, last sold for $9.5 million.<p>But Presidio Terrace itself? As in, the street? The strip of pavement these tony residents rely on to reach …

San Francisco

NV Supreme Court rules in favor of GSE loan servicers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Real estate auction investors who purchased hundreds of properties at HOA foreclosure sales for …

Mortgages

Florida Ct. Rules on Constitutionality of “Prior Restraints” That Prohibit Homeowner Postings about HOA on Internet

<b>Florida Appellate Court decision (July 21, 2017).</b><p>This case involved efforts by a homeowners association (“Association”) to stop a homeowner (“Owner”) …

Judiciary

FEMA assistance bill for HOAs in Congress: Is it fair?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>For several years, trade group Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been working with …

Housing

HOAs Gone Haywire

<b>What Works Well Behind The Signage Wall</b><p>They say there is no such thing as bad press. But have you seen HOAs in the news lately?<p>Embezzlements of Association funds. Fraud. Rigging of Board elections. Homes foreclosed over late Association dues. Lawsuits. Neighborhood wars. Social media fights that …

Housing

HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (July 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Fort Collins accountant pleads guilty to theft (CO)<p>Sarah Jane Kyle , sarahkyle@coloradoan.com …

Corruption

Golf course ownership becoming a tough market in Las Vegas

Real Estate

A Rancho Santa Margarita resident installed a drought-tolerant lawn, and now he could face HOA fines

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — Jeff Armbruster was just looking to replace his dying lawn and save a little money in the process.<p>In April, the widowed …

Landscaping

Michael Foxworth

Atlanta fire sprinkler pipe fails, floods condo units for second time

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Fire sprinkler systems have been installed in condominium and apartment buildings for the past …

Real Estate

HOAs are built on foundation of property values, not social values

HOA governance does not value kindness, or even people<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Once in a while, I read an Editorial about …

Real Estate

The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company Through Straight Talk, Openness and Accountability

Shared via Kindle. Description: Drawing on his experience as a leader in some of the nation's largest corporations, Baum issues a convincing call for …

Condo association may be liable for crime related death

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>In 2015, 22-year-old Alex Johnson was found shot dead in his condo apartment unit at Paradise …

Palm Beach County

Are we letting HOAs rule our lives?

In 2015, my family and I purchased a beautiful new home in Wilson Grove in Gambrills. While we thought we were buying our dream home in a dream …

Sanford’s bill aim: ‘Treat taxpayers the same’ in private community storm cleanup

If another hurricane strikes South Carolina, Rep. Mark Sanford wants residents in private communities and neighborhoods with homeowners associations …

Condominium Rules and Regulations That Are Unenforecable

Published on: April 15, 2016<p>Some Rules and Regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees of a Condominium Association, which are enforced by the Board …

Buying a home in a community association (HOA), beware of fake news

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>FACT: Many articles we see in print and online are nothing more than public relations, marketing, …

Real Estate

Condo Buyers Should Never Buy Blind Without Insider Info

Consumers should never buy blind when it comes to shopping for a condo or a residence in a homeowners association (HOA), experts advise.<p>“Novice …