Color Them Happy

guest blog by Nila Ridings

Why buy a condo or townhouse when a colorful little village awaits us sans taxes, upkeep, the basic boring beige and the biggest reason of all NO HOA or their ridiculous dues and psycho boards?!

What a smart investor Mr. Blankenship seems to be.  He builds these darling small houses on concrete slabs and has the exteriors finished in three weeks.  He paints the exteriors beautiful warm colors of pink, green, purple, robin egg blue, and a steel blue.  He changed the roof lines so they don’t look like all of our “cookie-cutter” HOA neighborhoods.  
Three weeks is all it took for him to rent every one of them on one year leases at $500 per month.  And utilities are running around $50 per month.
This concept could be duplicated anywhere.  And everybody wins.  No apartment.  No condo. No Co-op. No HOA.  
For the money I’ve lost on my townhouse I could have built this whole village.  Geez, if only I could turn back time!

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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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