Excellent Advice!

guest blog by Nila Ridings

“At any given time there’s always a certain percentage of Americans looking to buy a house, and if you’re one of them we warn you: if you want a single-family home (as opposed to a condominium or townhouse where you and your neighbors share ownership of walls, roofs and other structures) avoid any real-estate purchase that requires you to join a homeowners’ association, or HOA.” ~Jennifer Abel

I’ll add one sentence. Do not buy a townhouse or condo or Co-op either!

(click here for Consumer Affairs story)


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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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