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Aging Condominium updates for an Aging Population

Condominiums are not just for young people, there are many elderly condo residents that bought their units in the 1980’s. Many early construction condo buildings are now facing challenges of providing amenities to owners who are 65 years or older.

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Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA)

When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond

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Party On? Third Party Liability and a Condo’s Party Room

For St. Patrick’s day weekend we have a post about alcohol! Daniel Brockenshire, a law student at Sutherland Kelly LLP, greatly assisted with the research and writing of this post. Thanks, Daniel!   Condominiums are required to have insurance coverage

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HOA breathes life into dying tennis courts (AZ)

When a combination of environment and age give an HOA both a failing and failed tennis court, there is only one option.  Well, technically there are three — but only one that completely solves the problem.  That’s why the Villages

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Leaders of move to buy Club West golf course abandon their effort (AZ)

Save Club West has thrown in the towel.  Blaming apathy among Club West’s 2,550 households, the group’s leader told supporters in an email on Monday, March 6, that it has abandoned its effort to find homeowners who would invest between

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Judge rules in favor of Killearn Country Club owner (FL)

A Leon County Circuit judge Thursday ruled in favor of the owner of the Killearn Country Club, clearing a hurdle for him to further pursue plans to sell and develop a disputed parcel of land.  But Barton Tuck still needs

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Save Club West continues effort to raise $4 million for golf course purchase (AZ)

Save Club West is a third of its way toward rounding up enough homeowners to invest in purchasing the community’s golf course.  But Jim Lindstrom, the group’s leader, has one eye on the calendar as he continues to see if

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Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider

Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there

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Sawgrass Players Club residents give greenlight to golf course proposal (FL)

Sawgrass Players Club residents voted overwhelmingly Monday to amend the community’s covenants and approve a proposed development agreement with Oak Bridge Club owner Alta Mar Holdings, clearing the way for Alta Mar to sell 40 acres of the golf course

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Cape Royal homeowners purchase Royal Tee Golf Course (FL)

Cape Royal Homeowners Association closed last week on a purchase of the Royal Tee Golf Course that was shuttered by course ownership last August.  “Our No. 1 priority was to control the land so that another developer could come in

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Amenities — Make Them Pay for Themselves!

Adding amenities to HOAs, Coops, and Condos can actually pay for themselves while increasing property values. The question is: what amenities work best for your association? Also, how should they be structured in order to pay for themselves? This takes

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Will Creekside Golf Club win the right to close? (OR)

Closing arguments will be heard Feb. 3 in a trial pitting Salem’s Creekside Golf Club against a neighboring homeowners association.  It follows a week-long bench trial held Jan. 9-13 in Marion County Circuit Court.  Creekside Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit

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Edmond community worried how sale of nearby golf course will affect property values (OK)

An Edmond community is worried about how the sale of a neighboring golf course will affect its property values.  This week Coffee Creek Golf Course (CCGC) announced it was closing after the land purchase was finalized. Tonya Coffman with the

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Let Joe Know: Neighbors say HOA is violating their voting rules (AZ)

A group of neighbors say their HOA board is violating rules set to allow them the right to vote for changes  Watch the video report………..

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Outsourcing Services: Getting the Most for Your Community’s Dollar

In the perennial struggle to control costs while still adequately maintaining a building or HOA’s physical plant, grounds, and other day-to-day business, some boards and managers are opting to hire superintendents, custodians, and other staff on a temporary, as-needed basis,

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Service-Based Amenities: Adding Value, But at What Cost?

In major US cities these days, the decision to live in one co-op or condo building versus another often hinges upon the style of living afforded in a particular property. Whether it is defined partly by a full-scale gym and

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Coffee Creek Golf Course selling, HOA plans meeting (OK)

The following information was sent to Coffee Creek homeowners recently by Gina Goodgion with the Neighborhood Services Corp., the managing agent for the Coffee Creek Neighborhood Association.  The Coffee Creek Golf Course has been sold to a developer with closing

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Owner sues over denial to develop Windermere golf course into 95 homes (FL)

The owner of the Windermere Country Club has sued to overturn a county decision that thwarted his plan to turn the shuttered golf course into a 95-home neighborhood.  The challenge, filed last month in circuit court, asks for an order

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Golden Gate golf course where homes proposed will reopen for season (FL)

The course has been closed since last spring, a few months after owner Robert Vocisano petitioned the county to change the course’s zoning to allow him to tear it out and build as many as 700 units of homes, apartments

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Golf course owners, HOA committee reach proposed agreement (FL)

Forty acres of The Oak Bridge Club golf course would be sold in exchange for a deed restriction that would guarantee the remaining golf course stays undeveloped for recreational purposes until 2057 under terms of a proposed agreement reached between

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Eaglebrooke golf club sale is on track despite some opposition (FL)

The Golden Lakes Community Development District (CDD) has signed an agreement to purchase The Club at Eaglebrooke, but the transaction is not yet a done deal and some residents oppose the potential acquisition.  The CDD – which provides infrastructural services

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Friction, water issue loom over Club West golf course purchase plan (AZ)

Club West homeowners will learn next week the details of a plan to buy and operate their beleaguered golf course.  Save Club West will lay out the plan at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Dec. 14 at Mountain View Community Church,

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Adobe Creek Golf Course to close by year’s end (CA)

The final tee off for Petaluma’s Adobe Creek Golf Club is quickly approaching, as operators announced last week the course will close Jan. 1 amid declining business.  The shuttering of the 18-hole facility leaves local golfers with only one remaining

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What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play

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Camarillo Springs Golf Course owner linked to troubled sites (CA)

The manager of the company that owns the Camarillo Springs Golf Course is linked to a course in Rancho Mirage, where homeowners accused the owner in a lawsuit of attempting to bully elderly residents into allowing development.  Oasis Ranch LLC,

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Mount Vintage HOA saves N.A. golf course (SC)

It’s not every day when neighbors band together to achieve a common goal, but when they do it is noteworthy. In the case of residents of Mount Vintage Plantation near North Augusta, what they accomplished was truly remarkable.  Earlier this

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ADOT agreement could provide water security for Ahwatukee golf courses (AZ)

The Arizona Department of Transportation and three homeowners associations have reached an agreement that could provide added security for the future of Ahwatukee’s three remaining golf courses: An infrastructure for cheap water. The agreement eliminates the problem that the South Mountain

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Eliminating Amenities: Know When to Walk Away

When buyers purchase apartments, they also purchase access to the condo or co-op’s shared amenities. Depending on the scale and financial demographics of the building, those amenities could be substantial; during the real estate boom of the early 2000s, free

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Residents to voice opposition against Badlands golf course plan at Las Vegas meeting (NV)

Upward of 70 Queensridge residents are expected to attend a Tuesday meeting to express disapproval of a proposal to build more than 2,500 housing units on the nearby Badlands Golf Course, Queensridge homeowners association officials say.  Discord about the proposal

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City, not golf course owner, started water problem, Club West leader says (AZ)

Golf-course owner Wilson Gee is forced to use potable city water to irrigate the course because he has no other source of water, such as reclaimed water, which generally costs a fraction of drinking water.  Gee says that he can’t

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Community Associations Suspending Use Rights for Common Elements, Amenities (FL)

In 2010, at the height of the recent foreclosure crisis, community associations in Florida gained an effective tool to aid them in their efforts to collect upon delinquent assessments. It was at that time that the legislature amended Florida law

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Club West group shuns litigation, decides to look for water or buy golf course (AZ)

A group of Club West Golf Club homeowners will focus on buying their beleaguered golf course or finding a permanent source of cheaper water rather than pursue a court fight.  Jim Lindstrom, a leader of Save Club West, said that

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Golf course owner countersues Club West HOA (AZ)

Golf course owner Wilson Gee has fired back at the Club West Home Owners Association, accusing it of conspiring with the city to put him out of business and refusing to help defray his “exorbitant water costs” so it can

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Princeton Meadows HOA Locked in Pool Battle (TX)

The final holiday weekend of summer means cooling off in the water for many, but homeowners in the North Texas community of Princeton Meadows don’t want to go near the neighborhood pool. In fact, they could not get in if

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Fairways to Driveways: Golfers disappointed by plan to start long-delayed homes project on half of Hawk Valley Golf Club (PA)

Everyone agrees that Hawk Valley Golf Club is looking better than it has in ages.  Over the last six years, overgrown trees have been trimmed, sand has been added to sand traps and flowers have been planted at the 18-hole

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Avoiding Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

Your condo association would never dream of turning away potential condo owners based on their race, religion, or familial status, but did you know your pool rules could put you in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA)?   Read the

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Security HOA meets about high levels of PFCs found in pool (CO)

Homeowners in the Copperfield subdivision invited a lawyer to take questions after high level of PFCs were found in the pool.  While the HOA president did not allow 11 News into the meeting, he did say afterwards that “for the

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Second beleagured golf community goes to court (AZ)

A second Ahwatukee golf community has become embroiled in a lawsuit over conditions of its course, generating a three-way fight involving its owner, the homeowners association, and hundreds of residents.  The Club West HOA in July filed a lawsuit in

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sells for $2.9 million (to HOA) (SC)

A group of North Augusta area homeowners paid $2.9 million to purchase Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Course, according to property records obtained by The North Augusta Star.  The Mount Vintage Plantation Homeowners Association formally acquired the course last week from

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Insuring Amenities: Don’t Make Luxury a Liability

Like beauty, what constitutes an ‘amenity’—particularly a ‘luxury’ amenity—may well be in the eye of the beholder. Young families may want indoor and outdoor play equipment, while professionals may appreciate a well-appointed gym, and seniors might gravitate towards card rooms

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America’s Golf Courses Are Burning

More than 800 golf courses have closed nationwide in the last decade, as operators grapple with declining interest in the sport and a glut of competition. Many of those shuttered courses were built on land proscribed from redevelopment by local

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354 homes proposed for Creekside Golf Club property (OR)

Last April, the neighboring Creekside Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the golf club’s owners – Tokarski and developer Terry Kelly – saying they have a contractual obligation to keep the course open.  Homeowners say the homes they bought were

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sold to HOA (SC)

Mount Vintage Golf Course has been purchased by the Mount Vintage Home Owners Association for $2.9 million.  Read the article………….

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Major “bogey” for homeowners who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou (TX)

A major “bogey” for many people who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou.  Some say what was once an attraction, is now a large piece of unattended grass and many homeowners are not happy with.   Read the

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Hosting Guests in Your HOA

Inviting guests into your HOA for a private or community party may seem like a simple idea, but it can quickly get out of hand if rules aren’t followed. If you or your HOA will be throwing a party, check

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Some neighbors fume as developers eye Phoenix golf courses to build houses (AZ)

“You can’t make someone keep a property a golf course with no other economic use,” he said.  And private covenants, conditions and restrictions can take years to enforce. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge recently ruled those restrictions require the

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What Community Associations Should Know About the Fair Housing Act and its Impact on Pool Rules and Regulations

With the summer heat wave in full force, it is nice to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool to cool down. Also, pools are not only good for cooling down but also provide numerous other benefits, including family time

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Troubled golf course calls it quits (VA)

Conditions had deteriorated further in recent weeks, according to Esther Lee, president of the River’s Bend Homeowners Association. She said the course had fallen out of compliance with the county’s vegetation ordinance after grass and weeds in some spots had

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Is former golf course in Ahwatukee (AZ) making a comeback? Not so much

The golf course passed through three owners. The current owner of the land is a company called True Life Companies. They took on the property after the course had closed down and have no plans of bringing it back.  However,

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How to manage shared facilities in condos without getting into a war

Unlike squabbles over who gets the last scoop of ice-cream (summer is here!), conflicts over shared common facilities between multiple communities can’t be easily resolved through just a game of rock-paper-scissors. We’ve seen how ugly it can turn out to

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