FL HOA (Poinciana) Attempting to Become a Municipality

The HOA, Association of Poinciana Villages (FL), wants to become a city. In fact, a group of residents have been attempting to become a municipal corporation for several years. Poinciana Incorporate Now Citizens Home Organization (PINCHOS) has completed a feasibility study submitted to Florida Legislature in August. It seems as though the large subdivision of […]

PARScore® FINE-TUNED TO EVALUATE CONDO ASSOCIATIONS & HOAs BETTER (Pt. II)

Is your condominium, or the one you are planning to buy, up to PAR? With the condominium market now reviving in Chicago, the Private Association Rating report, or PARScore®—a  high-tech data-driven analytics process that helps condo buyers evaluate their home purchase in advance—is becoming more and more popular among consumers. “The PARScore® is similar to […]

PARScore® FINE-TUNED TO EVALUATE CONDO ASSOCIATIONS & HOAs BETTER

The newly designed, consumer friendly 2015 PARScore® report now features a comparison algorithm: “How does your association compare?” The technology also utilizes geo-coding with longitude and latitude satellite reporting. “Just because you live in the Gold Coast doesn’t mean your building will have a 24-karat gold PARScore®,” noted Benson. “Wealthy neighborhoods can be an asset […]

TRID RULE FOR MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE HELPS HOME BUYERS GET SMARTER

If you are planning to start home-loan hunting to finance the purchase of a new or existing dwelling now or in 2016, better clip this article and keep it so you avoid becoming a mortgage dummy. Once you wade through the alphabet-soup the federal government uses to describe the nation’s newly revised mortgage-application process, understanding […]

The Myth of the Homeowners (& Condo) Association “contract”

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities blog http://independentamericancommunities.com/ In a recent discussion forum on rules regarding display of flags in Common Interest Communities (aka Homeowners Associations), there was some vigorous back and forth about the fact that Association-controlled communities are controlled primarily by the CC&Rs (or Declaration of Condominium) contract, rather than Constitutional law. The […]

Omaha HOA Homeowners Disagree Over Park Improvements

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities, CHPPI Today’s article is a reminder: when you buy into a homeowners association, you agree to common ownership of assets and liabilities for that Association Governed Community. Take Harrison Woods HOA, for example. The community of roughly 185 homes, a mix of detached single family homes, townhouses and villas, […]

HOA Makes $109K Fair Housing Settlement Contingent On Owners Moving Out

By: Deborah Goonan Another report of fair housing discrimination by a homeowners association board, with all of the typical hallmarks. After filing a complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in 2013, Allen and Cynthia Campbell have settled their dispute with Sonora Springs Homeowners Association. The complaint was filed when the HOA […]

Are You Entitled to Free Speech in your HOA?

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog, Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interest (Chppi.org) As the 2016 Presidential election campaign heats up, so do political sign controversies in homeowners associations. Here’s a perfect example from Florida, a dispute over a Hillary Clinton sign in a resident’s window. Help Me Howard, Channel 7 […]

‘EASY’ CONDOMINIUM AND HOA LIVING IS NOT WITHOUT ITS DRAWBACKS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2015 National Community Housing Survey: ‘EASY’ CONDOMINIUM AND HOA LIVING IS NOT WITHOUT ITS DRAWBACKS First of two reports on community-association living. CHICAGO—Seventy-million Americans may reside in condominiums and homeowners associations (HOAs), but it is not a perfect lifestyle. One of the biggest attractions of shared-community ownership is the so-called “carefree living” aspect. Often, there […]

DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: DENVER PROPOSES ORDINANCE TO CURB LAWSUITS BROUGHT BY CONDO HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

This proposed construction defect ordinance highlights the vital importance of condominiums in providing affordable housing for emerging markets, like Denver. However, the proposed legal protection for developers wouldn’t guarantee more condo construction. Denver unveils construction-defects reform proposal to spur condo building10/15/2015By Vic VelaTHE COLORADO STATESMAN Denver Mayor Michael Hancock this week unveiled a proposal aimed at reining […]

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