Beach Erosion Threatens SC Condominium
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guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Stories like this one never cease to amaze me. Some people will do just about anything for an ocean view. An illegal sea wall and some sand bags are the only thing stopping the Ocean Club condominium from washing out into the Atlantic on the coast of South Carolina.

The million dollar unasked question is why was a construction permit issued on this site nearly 30 years ago? The resort sits at the mouth of the Dewees inlet, where waves batter the fragile coastline.  Adjacent to the condo building of 150 units, part of the beachside golf course had to be closed, slowly eroding into the ocean.

New Mexico HOAs Struggle After Embezzlement Investigation
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Embezzling from HOA budgets is the gift that keeps on giving. More than two months ago a New Mexico realty business which managed a number of Rio Rancho HOAs was raided. All the computers were seized. Homeowners don’t even know how much was stolen because the management company’s records are still under lock and key.

Investigators say hundreds of thousands of dollars were embezzled. All Rio Rancho homeowners know is that their monthly dues are going up. They have no way of knowing how high. Strange, that while the consequences are so severe most HOA thefts by board officers and management companies are only discovered by accident.

HOA Critics: Disgruntled with an Ax to Grind or Consumer Advocates/Political Activists?
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guest blog by Deborah Goonan

Why are HOA critics characterized differently than other critics of corporate exploitation and political cronyism?

If you have ever lived under HOA rule, and have had the audacity to speak up about the pettiness and injustice that permeates many of these so-called “communities,” you have probably experienced one or more of the following reactions to your criticisms:

Typical talking points directed at the critic:

“You are just a disgruntled owner with an ax to grind.”

“You are one of those people who doesn’t believe in rules and think you can just do whatever you want.”