Oh what a web we weave…. In the beginning the mass production of HOAs was designed to provide municipalities with free tax $$$. One of the deceptions most commonly used to convince housing consumers to buy into a residential association was that HOAs protected property values. In fact Declarations started with a statement that read ” The purpose of this association is to protect property values”. That was the first silk produced for the web. As time went on and the web grew bigger and thicker and more intricate, the problems and the issues multiplied. The flaws in the system were easier to identify and the country started trimming and tweaking the web they created. Their efforts not only failed but led to more problems and more complications. And the web continues to grow!
Deborah Goonan joins us On The Commons. Deborah is a homeowner advocate who learned all about the perils and problems in HOAs when she and her husband bought a house in one of Florida’s planned developments It wasn’t long before the warm and fuzzy feelings for their new home were marred by the flaws in the system. Since then she has been commenting on the various internet sites about the issues as well as hosting her own blog called Independent American Communities. As a result, she is up on the current stories and is frequently contacted by people who thought they bought into the American Dream but find themselves living the American nightmare. If we are going to nip and tuck away at this web, what are some of the major concerns that people have? We talk to Deborah about some of the latest stories out there and discover the 5 core areas that are causing the greatest heartburn for American homeowners. Will her list surprise you or will you agree with the issues homeowners find the most problematic? Tune in and find out.