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Condo living not so carefree for these owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Owning a condo is not as affordable and carefree as real estate brokers and developers promise. …

Real Estate

Why can’t HOA be avoided in redevelopment of former golf course (MA)?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>While land planners and developers affiliated with Urban Land Institute continue to press for …

Real Estate

Triology.tv ▶ 8Nov2017

Today's Tweets are Tomorrow's Posts<p>Loading...<p>GENERAL COMMENTS<p>Kids in sycamore creek should have school transportation. That will take a lot of cara …

You purchased a home with no HOA. Can your neighbors force you to join a new HOA?

<i>Photo: Morguefile.com free image of an unidentified stormwater retention lake in a subdivision.</i><p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American …

Real Estate

FindLaw's Court of Appeals of North Carolina case and opinions.

Court of Appeals of North Carolina.<p>IN RE: THE FORECLOSURE UNDER THAT POWERS GRANTED IN CHAPTER 47F OF THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL STATUTES AND IN THE …

Judiciary

Why do local officials allow home building on a flood plain?

Members of neighborhing HOA voice concerns about new development<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>No matter how many properties are …

National Flood Insurance Program

HOA, Condo, Co-op Legislative Highlights (October 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>District of Columbia<p>Effective April 2017, the <i>Condominium Owner Bill of Rights and Responsibilities</i> …

South Carolina

Topic | Bill of Rights ▶ Sourced from the CA Davis-Stirling Law.pdf

Bill Of Rights

Is Joppatowne, MD, new home community violating Fair Housing Act?

Fair Housing complaint filed with HUD. Hartford County has stopped issuing building permits, and buyers cannot move in, pending outcome of lawsuit.<p>By …

Housing

HOA, condo, co-op fraud, theft, and corruption roundup (Oct. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p><i>This month, HOA thieves and fraudsters are falling faster than autumn leaves.</i><p>Former HOA treasurer …

Corruption

The short-term rental controversy in homeowner, condo associations

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>For several years, association-governed communities have been struggling with internal conflict …

Real Estate

HOA Homefront: 11 sure-fire ways to frustrate HOA elections

Most associations have member voting at least annually, and the process required by statute applies to all homeowners associations, whether two units …

Government

Should homeowner associations have power to stop harassment and bullying?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>One of the hot legislative debates brewing for 2018 in Florida is whether or not boards of …

Palm Beach County

Creating a state homeowners association czar is a bad idea

Last May, as the 2017 legislative session in Columbia drew to a close, a bill that had been passed by the House, designated H. 3886 and titled the …

Government

Stossel: Hurricane Reconstruction

The recent hurricanes took a heavy toll. The cost of rebuilding will be significant.Politicians from the areas hit now want tens of billions of …

Hurricane Harvey

Urban Condo life: you never know what you’ll see outside your window

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>From coast to coast, it’s one shocking report after another.<p>It turns out high rise condo living …

Drones

Altacities® ▶ Disastrophe

None will deny that not a day or week seems to go by without some major news story about a natural disaster somewhere in the world.<p>These news and …

The Condo Insurance Every Unit Owner Needs

<b>Dear Insurance Adviser,</b><p><b>I own a condominium, and I am finding it very hard to get clear answers about the amount and kind of insurance I need. The confusion comes in interpreting the condo documents and the master condo insurance policy for the complex. It's hard to tell exactly what's already</b> …

Insurance

Why aren’t Austin condos rebuilt yet, 2 years after fire?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Every month I read several reports about fires in condominiums. Unfortunately, they are fairly …

Real Estate

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NY condo owners stuck paying for rebuild after fire allegedly caused by National Grid

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Five years ago, a gas leak caused an explosion and fire that leveled several units at 65 Feller …

Electrical Grid

City leaders consider public role in maintaining HOA infrastructure

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>To continue yesterday’s post about the decline of homeowners’ associations in the U.S., let’s take …

North Carolina

Reality check: HOA managers face decline of their industry, like it or not

By Deborah A Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>How many times have we heard representatives from HOA industry trade groups utter the words, …

Housing

Mandatory reading before buying in or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community.

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Higher density / mixed used communities, pros & cons<p><i>A collection of articles and references citing</i> …

Real Estate

Hurricane Irma recovery: Counties, Cities to assist with debris removal

Local governments acknowledge duty to taxpayers in private HOAs, even if FEMA denies reimbursement<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American …

FEMA

Judge Orders Bank of America to Redo Settlement in Mortgage Dispute

The bankruptcy judge handling a dispute between Bank of America Corp. and a California couple who were mistakenly foreclosed on refused to approve a settlement that would end their lawsuit on Wednesday.<p>Judge Christopher Klein ordered both lawyers for the bank and for Renee and Erik Sundquist to …

Bank of America Corp

Homeowners file lawsuit against developer after flooding issues

When Etti Clingman and her husband bought a house in the Millwood at Riverstone subdivision, they never imagined neighborhood gatherings would …

Dallas

Is solution on the horizon for Sinking Millennium Tower Condo?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>According to a recent report in <i>Business Insider</i>, homeowners are in mediation with developer …

San Francisco

Condo owners oust board that tried to impose $6.4 million special assessment

Sometimes, the underdog wins – at least in the short run.<p>Following last week’s <i>Willamette Week</i> report about a massive special assessment proposed at …

Real Estate