California Drought Worsens

Reservoirs that supply water to tens of millions of people in the Southwest are dangerously low. Folsom Lake northeast of Sacramento is typical of what’s been happening for the past few years in California, Nevada and Arizona. The LA Times article linked below says 99.8 percent of the state is suffering a severe drought.

How tough is it for homeowners to find buyers these days? What buyer can find a mortgage company that wants to risk its money when a disaster like this is unfolding? And what’s going to happen to home prices when half the homes in a neighborhood have For Sale signs in the front yard?

It’s stunning to know that HOA boards and managers have been fining homeowners who didn’t keep their Kentucky Bluegrass nice and green.

(link to LA Times story on drought)


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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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