Clark Howard, Consumer Expert, Talks About Homeowners Associations

guest blog by Nila Ridings

Highly respected with millions of fans this man speaks and everybody listens.  He’s the consumers’ guru from Atlanta. He could be promoting clumps of dirt in an old soup can sealed with wax and people would race to the phone to place an order.  

His fan base is incredible.  Years ago, I worked for an airline he promoted on his radio show. The phone lines would back up the second he mentioned the name.  Hello, Clark Howard told me to call!!!!  Learning this guy was in Georgia promoting an airline based in Kansas City was a way cool thing for us! (profitable, too)

Now, he’s talking about the burden that HOA dues can be on the monthly budget.  He mentions the fact the dues are offered at a low rate while the development is under construction.  He’s not touching on any of the REAL ISSUES with HOAs. Nope he doesn’t mention you can be sued for any one of 6,021 violations.  He just skips right over the landmines of HOA living, but he invites his followers to give him a call.

I think that’s a great idea.  His number is 404-892-8227 and the phone line is open between 10am & 7pm ET, Monday thru Friday.  

I’m going to suggest he spend some time on the radio with Ward Lucas.  I think a conversation between a retired television investigative reporter and a radio show consumer expert discussing HOAs and condo associations, the CAI, lawsuits, and pending HOA legislation would make for a very good show.  Listeners would love it.  I’m not a radio show producer but I do know far too few people know far too little about buying and living in an HOA!  It’s past time for the education to begin!

There is power in numbers.  How about you joining me in making that request of Clark Howard?


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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.

1 thought on “Clark Howard, Consumer Expert, Talks About Homeowners Associations

  1. Nila Ridings

    Here’s an eye-opener…visit Clark Howard’s Facebook page and scroll down to where this HOA story appears. Check out the hundreds of comments. Hardly a handful of people say something positive about HOAs. And the majority are saying “been there done that, NEVER AGAIN!”

    It’s no wonder the Realtors are hearing “Do Not Show Me Any Property With An HOA!”

    These are just the people that have commented on one Facebook page! Can you imagine how many millions of people feel this way and just have not made a public comment yet?


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