Those of you living outside Nevada might have missed one of the most important editorials of the week. Of the month. If you love your family and your home, please take the time to read this from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.
Wow. This is an important Op/Ed and one of the only editorials that doesn’t try to spread equal blame to the homeowners, too. The Las Vegas Review Journal must not have consulted the CAI before writing the article.
The fact that the Autumn Chase homeowners ultimately prevailed in the fight against their HOA is NOT proof that the system works and should be left alone. It took those homeowners FOUR years to get their association out of the crooks hands and into their own. During those four years, the homeowners suffered in a way that goes directly against the concept of home ownership.
The other really sad aspect is that this is common and how every-day-operations work in the other 49 states, also.
Yep, as I’ve said before, a Las Vegas type FBI investigation could be done in any state in the Union.