By ®  | ALTACITIES®, an acronym for "ALTERNATE CITIES", is the web moniker for the neighborhood of sites, blogs and locations created and managed by @ALTALOMAN, in reference to our first web journals and blogging activity when residents of Alta Loma in Southern California. In 2011, we moved but these ALTACITIES® remain in the form of common interest developments ▶

Condo ownwership is, at best, only temporarily affordable

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>As real estate prices start to climb, the industry is once again pushing low down payment home …

Real Estate

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

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>California<p>California residents of common interest developments have moved one step closer toward …

Real Estate

Experts agree: restrictive covenants, a foundation for HOAs, perpetuate housing segregation

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>A new research project at Augsburg University, Minneapolis, dubbed Mapping Prejudice, is combing …


CA DSL Bill of Rights


Will FEMA help rebuild Florida’s waterfront condos?

Hurricane Irma floods condo in Jacksonville, waves destroy foundation<p>Readers have been contacting me, wondering if FEMA will help homeowners, …

Hurricane Irma

Florida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma

Homeowners and residents are picking up the pieces after Irma barreled through the entire state of Florida. Damage is widespread throughout the …

Hurricane Irma


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Former Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Nearly a year has passed since State Senator C. Anthony Muse called for an investigation into …


A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking — and residents say their multimillion-dollar condos are 'nearly worthless'

Bad news keeps piling up at the "leaning tower" of San Francisco.<p>Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it's safe to occupy, the building's wealthy residents take no …

San Francisco

Simple Steps to Prepare for Emergencies in Your Homeowners Association

Take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your homeowners …

Personal Finance

Adult Bully: Condo association President arrested for harassment of former resident

NYPD arrests Neal Milano, condo President and manager of Sunnyside Condominiums, a 47-unit building in Queens<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American …


A couple bought one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco for $90,000 — now the rich homeowners are fighting back

Earlier this year, a Bay Area couple shook up a private cul-de-sac when it was revealed that the immigrant real-estate speculators bought the street for $90,000 without the knowledge of its wealthy residents.<p>Now, the residents of Presidio Terrace are assembling a legal A-team to win their street …

San Francisco

Community Associations, HOAs should seek to remove covenants, laws offensive to Constitutional rights

Rodgers Forge, Towson, MD, seeks to eliminate racist covenants. But why can’t owners and residents in HOAs challenge any restrictive covenant or law …


The earthquake damage was bad -- the fight for insurance money even worse

Just 13 days before the Aug. 24, 2014 earthquake struck Napa, Lorraine and Bret Marquis had finally moved into their Main Street home. The couple had …


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

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>UPDATE on State Parkway Condo Association’s vote on special assessment:<p>According to condo owner …



PA homeowners frustrated with unfinished HOA development

Koller Pointe HOA threatens class action lawsuit against Keystone Custom Homes developer<p><i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>Koller …

Real Estate

HOA Homefront: I demand my comments be in the minutes (and when will I see them?)

Q: Does the HOA board have an obligation to put homeowners’ reasonable comments, questions and other details in the minutes? For example, several …

City Politics

CAI 2016 Factbook: looking into the ‘facts’

In 2007 I analyzed CAI’s Factbook at that time and found that CAI was a miniscule minority (See CAI miniscule minority dominates public policy). I …

U.S. Census

Timarron Lakes HOA seeks FEMA flood relief, storm drainage improvements

In the aftermath of Harvey, Woodlands Township, Counties, and MUD will each play a role<p>In previous blog posts, I explained that, in general, …


Florida insurance stocks get crushed as Irma looms

Florida property insurance stocks have gotten hammered this week as Hurricane Irma threatens to unleash catastrophic damage on the state.<p>Property insurers with major exposure to Florida have lost as much as one-quarter of their value this week due to fears they will be forced to pay enormous claims …

Hurricane Irma

Court Rules Statute Awarding “Costs” to Prevailing Association does not Include “Attorney Fees”

<b>CERTIFIED California Appellate Court decision (August 23, 2017)</b><p>This case involved two lawsuits filed by homeowners (“Owners”) against their …


Home Buyer surprised by $10K HOA special assessment 2 months after purchase

What home buyers don’t know about the HOA can hurt them<p>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Eight years ago, when my husband and I were …

Real Estate

Can HOAs be reformed or should they be abolished?

<i>By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities</i><p>An interesting editorial written by David Sobotta in <i>The News & Observer</i>, entitled <i>My descent into</i> …

Real Estate

What Items Are Homeowners Associations Supposed to Maintain?

Unless the CC&Rs provide otherwise, the homeowners association is responsible for repairing, replacing, or maintaining the common areas.

Home Ownership

How to stop a board president helping himself to HOA resources

<b>Q: The president of our community association has been putting in extra landscaping and improvements in the common area in front of his townhome and</b> …

Real Estate

FL HOA shows no compassion for woman in search of kidney donor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities<p>Here’s another report of a homeowners’ association that seems to value property more than …

Real Estate

A Global Digital Media Network

PLANTATION, Fla. - August 30, 2017 - (<p>The new Florida law that establishes criminal penalties for association charlatans should help …

Citizen Journalism

Homeowners ask "where's our money?" Want developer to share details

Homeowners in an Alabaster subdivision claim they're being "rooked" paying hundreds of dollars every year with no details on where it's going. No …

Birmingham, AL