New Website Numbers!!

Folks, you’ve helped us blow right through another milestone. The 12 month running average shows that as of last night there’ve been 500,000 logins to this website, and those people have read 4.1 million pages of material. Those are fabulous numbers. So keep telling everyone you know about this site, and let’s get the word out to even more people.

If you have a friend who’s thinking of buying a new house or condo, tell them to read my book, Neighbors At War!  

If your friend or relative already lives in a nightmare HOA, buy him or her a copy of Neighbors at War! And (hint, hint) Christmas is coming.

I keep hearing of libraries that are carrying or re-ordering copies of Neighbors At War. I can probably thank our frequent guest blogger Nila Ridings for a lot of that. She makes regular visits to her library in the Kansas City area to find out how many people are checking the book out.

Speaking of guest bloggers, some of the country’s top thinkers are submitting guest blogs here. You won’t find a better treasure chest of must-read material dissecting the nightmare of living in a covenant controlled community.

Living in an HOA makes me think of an experience I had many years ago when my parents took my two brothers and me to see the cliff divers in Acapulco. These young men and women stand on this amazingly high cliff and inspect the waves as they noisily crash against the rocks below. They hook their toes on the edge, looking down, watching for the highest wave. Their timing has to be perfect. Diving into a trough means a chance of breaking your neck on the bottom. Hitting a crest might provide the diver two or three feet of deeper water and thus a safer dive.

“Only the experts can do that,” my dad said. “Only the experts and crazy people would risk it.”

I won’t state the obvious. That’s your conclusion to make.


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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.

4 thoughts on “New Website Numbers!!

  1. Cynthia

    Ward, congratulations! Just to let you know, I have also offered to purchase your book and donate it to every branch of our local library system (there are 4 branches) if they will put it in circulation. If I simply donate the books, they will end up in the annual book sale and I don’t want that to happen. I have not heard back yet. I have also put in a formal request (under their policy) for them to buy it as well. HOA homeowners and home buyers across America need to wake up to the reality of what has happened in our housing market. The HOA abuses, horrors, legal abuses and criminality by those associated with the courts, are “officers of the courts,” HOA board members and/or other accomplices, can and do happen to “anyone.” That “anyone,” may just be them, their family member, or friends. Some say these abuses, this criminality and property thefts are just “bad timing.” “The wrong group at the wrong time,” when these abusive greed driven HOA boards choose to target, farm, comb, selectively discriminate, fraudulently assess, or other innocent homeowners for money and fraud closure. How horrifying is this reality for some. There should be no ‘bad timing,” or the range of outrageous homeowner abuses in HOAs. If our elected officials and state and federal investigative and enforcement agencies would do what they are empowered and paid to do, many of these abuses would end. The HOA predators and perpetrators need to be held accountable for their crimes no matter who they are, who they know, or what states planned community act the claim to have written. The abusive and criminal HOA boards, some HOA attorney’s, some in the insurance industry, some banksters and other HOA homeowners, too, need to be charged and prosecuted for their crimes and their victims rectified. Anyone, who buys into an HOA today has to aware of the risk they are taking. In the past, the abuse and criminality was not within the HOA boards and community. It crept in, like a disease and the community became a war zone for the innocent homeowner.

  2. Nila Ridings

    My local library purchased two copies of the book about eighteen months ago. I check frequently to see if the books are checked out and find quite often there is a waiting list. Sometimes it says they are on loan to another library.

    All libraries should have Neighbors At War in their collection if there are any HOAs in their county. College libraries should have it, too because students of today will be home buyers of tomorrow. They should be armed with knowledge to protect themselves from the HOA beast!

  3. Cynthia

    Nila, I agree with you 100%. Congratulations on getting your library to have “Neighbors at War” on it’s shelves. Their patrons have no clue of how fortunate they are.


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