Homeowners Associations

Jon Anderson: Big Units, Plus Big HOA Bills, Mean a Tough Sell

By Jon Anderson / May 3, 2019 / 3 Comments

For performers, the winning combination for success is singing, dancing, and acting. In condos, it’s location, selling price, and HOA dues.  In every condo purchase, the topic of HOA dues comes up. For buyers comfortable in the digital age, that topic and resulting self-editing arrive when listings and HOA dues pop onto computer screens. That’s […]

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Artificial Turf War: Harold Leider Lists Reasons Why More People Should Go Green

By Joanna England / March 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

We’re big fans of artificial turf here at CandysDirt.com, as it’s a water-wise way to have a lawn without all of the seasonal maintenance of turfgrass. However, some homeowners associations have outlawed artificial turf despite its many benefits. One reader writes: I am an interior designer who worked on a residential project for about three […]

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She’s Been Kinda Busy But… Omarosa Newman Sued by Her Property Owner’s Association

By Candy Evans / August 23, 2018 / 2 Comments

Her book, Unhinged, is at the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and that is a good thing for Omarosa Manigault Newman and her husband, pastor John Newman. The former White House aide and spouse are being sued by The Jacksonville Golf and Country Club Property Owners Association, demanding that the couple make crucial […]

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Title Tip: When Buying or Selling, How Do You Deal With an HOA?

By Joanna England / March 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Lydia Blair Special Contributor Dear Diary, OMG. My HOA is sooooo horrible. They’re, like, the worst ever. I mean, it’s like the mean girls of the school. I can’t even. They’re just trashing my entire experience. Like, totally! Turns out my condo isn’t warrantable. As if. And that rush fee they charged ate my […]

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The Grapevine of Wrath 2: Jackhammers and Dumpsters

By Jon Anderson / March 2, 2018 / 2 Comments

A few weeks ago I wrote about the pitiful communication skills many HOAs and management companies use when communicating with residents.  Who knew I would get a second example so soon? Imagine your Saturday tranquility shattered by jackhammers ripping through concrete minutes after sunrise at 7 a.m. Turns out that a building with ground-floor commercial […]

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The Grapevine of Wrath: How Poor Communication Insults Residents

By Jon Anderson / February 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

We’ve all heard (and likely employed) the old saying, “Better to ask for forgiveness than permission.”  The inference is that while you were going to do something anyway, once it’s done, the resulting hassles are less than having to deal with the before-during-after trio of carping.  But that strategy doesn’t play well in multi-family dwellings […]

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