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9 Mistakes New HOA Board Members Make--And How to Avoid Them


9 Mistakes New HOA Board Members Make–And How to Avoid Them

March 2010

There’s no shame in making mistakes. We’ve all made them when we’ve tried something new.

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Another HOA restricting the American Flag

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

OK, it’s Memorial Day weekend. Time to display the American flag.

Unless, of course, you live in an HOA. Then you can only display the American flag when and how the rules say you can. 584 more words


Home Buyer’s Responsibilities

Responsibility = big word. According to BusinessDictionary.com, it is a duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one’s own promise or circumstances) that one must fulfill, and which has a consequent penalty for failure. 730 more words

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The power of the HOA

A reader recently asked if HOA rules could ban backyard chickens even if local ordinances otherwise allowed it. The short answer is that HOA rules can still ban backyard chickens in such a situation, and I suspect that many/most homeowners associations would ban backyard chickens and other small-scale residential agriculture because of concerns about nuisance conditions, declining property values, and a breakdown of the community’s uniform aesthetics. 602 more words

Indiana Law


Mr. Bum Park, President DI BOD bpark.di@gmail.com
Mr. Rey Nunez, Regional Manager Castle Group RNunez@CastleGroup.com
Mr. Andrew Cuevas, attorney of DI BOD acuevas@cuevaslaw.com

The organization of the election this year has changed from all previous elections of DI since the very beginning, and it is not for the better. 220 more words


AR HOA declares war on children's playhouse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

Just in time for summer, Hurricane Lake Estates Property Owners Association (POA) has threatened to fine Michelle Campbell $150 per month if she does not remove a playhouse she and her husband built for their children in their own backyard. 289 more words


Because You're Buying More Than A Home: Part V

Admittedly, it’s been a while since the HOA Detective touched on this topic, but that’s not because yours truly hasn’t been busy. To the contrary, the number of buyers purchasing homes in HOAs, and condominiums in particular, seems to be never-ending. 714 more words

Because You Are Buying More Than A Home