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.
How right you are Ward! Additionally, probably the most important interview one will hear all year, was yesterday, January 17th, 2015, when Dr. Gary Solomon, http://hoacrisisinamerica.com,or other sites for this new ebook: http://pitythepoorfool.com/
http://hoaboardmonitoringservice.com/, was a guest On the Commons, with Shu Bartholomew! Here is the direct link to the interview, which can be heard anytime, on any device: http://onthecommons.us/images/stories/shows/20150117solomon.mp3
An absolutely incredible interview no American should miss!
I was told by my HOA I couldn’t have my astronomical observatory because they don’t allow sheds. I couldn’t get them to understand it is a small one man domed observatory for the purpose of stargazing and astrophotography. I had three brainstem/cerebellum strokes, my doctor sent a request that the observatory was good for my physical and mental rehab. The HOA denied the request, I had to remove my observatory. They fined me $450.00 for putting it up, and then when I let them know I couldn’t be fined without a court hearing, they changed it and said it was “legal fees”…and then tacked on another $50.00. I hired an attorney, and he told me he had no experience in homeowner complaints against HOA’s…but I hired him at $250.00 per hour anyway because I couldn’t find another attorney to take my case. After blowing over $3000.00 on attorney fees, I gave up, sold the observatory, packed my scopes in the garage, put away the cameras and called the State AG’s office. All hell broke loose and the HOA sent me a bill for almost $900.00. I spoke to the AG and was told they couldn’t do that. I got the $900.00 check back I sent them. However they got their way and now I am in no physical shape to haul out telescopes and camera equipment and set up the scope alignment…etc. So I guess HOA’s can pick your hobbys. As a former Vietnam vet I take offense that one single person can stop me from my hobbies. Rick Edwards.
Ward, you are right! This is The Most Important HOA Paper a Person Will Read This Year. Thank you for publishing Professor Solomon’s press release and the link to his on-line book-HOA: Crisis in America. HOA issues go much deeper than just the Board Members and Professor Solomon does an excellent job disclosing this to the viewer/reader.
P.S. Thank you for all you do for HOA homeowners all over the nation.
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