Wouldn’t It Be Great If We Could “Fix” HOAs This Same Way?

guest blog by Nila Ridings
This link should put all sorts of ideas in your mind about how to fix up your failing HOA. If only we could Photoshop our neighborhoods the same way the fashion industry does its models:
36 seconds and “POOF!” Your HOA has no wood rot, no broken sidewalks, no dead tree limbs, dog poop, or peeling paint.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?
I actually have seen this very thing being done on real estate websites.  Potential buyers are stunned when they walk in and discover the kitchen is laminate, not granite. The pool isn’t out back, but three doors down in the board president’s back yard.  And the garage is a single not a triple.  And those beautiful multi-colored leaves on the maple tree outside the dining room picture window? That tree doesn’t even exist.
Deception is everywhere. Sadly, it’s becoming an acceptable practice.  But somebody always ends up a victim and reality hits like a brick.  This kind of deception is happening all across America’s homeowners associations.   
Life isn’t being lived like it’s portrayed in the pictures.


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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.

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