Portland Porch Painter

guest blog by Nila Ridings

One the the greatest things about this Neighbors At War website is it brings people together in a very unusual way. Most women meet for coffee, a museum tour, book club, or quilting retreat to enhance their social lives. Men meet for a beer, golf outing, or a fishing trip to Alaska. But regardless of our “outside” interests we all “meet” every day or a few times per week on this website. Are we just compelled to read about the sickness that prevails in America’s HOAs? Or are we hoping for an outside chance of some humor to be found here?

This story was sent to me by a friend who finds herself reading the fascinating entertainment of Neighbors At War has become part of her daily routine. She sends me emails that only say: “OMG!” or “CRAZY!” or “NO WAY!” And on a rare occasion she sends “LOL!” With each passing day she is more and more thankful she does not live in an HOA! Today, she sent this story from Portland. I see a good deal of humor in it, so I’m sharing.

Thank you, MG for emailing the link! (I’m using initials to protect identity since her home is surrounded by HOAs. I don’t want her to end up on the area’s HOA radar screen and become their newest target)

This gal lives in Portland and tells her story of the challenging and tiring efforts she made to paint her front porch. She shares the pictures and it’s obvious she likes her house to look cheerful and welcoming. She shares her back story of what a painted porch meant in her growing up days. It certainly would not hold that meaning in the HOAs of America. It could be the catalyst to having her house foreclosed on by the HOA but she was brave…and now…she awaits the arrival of the Porch Paint Nazis.

I hope this story will make you smile, too!


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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 “Portland Porch Painter

  1. Cynthia

    Very cute, Nila. Thank you for sharing. BTW, I believe many stay informed on the HOA abuses and atrocities in America, because we want to see truth and transparency, and especially, for those who have been victimized by these organized syndicates of thieves, thugs and bullies in the court rooms in America that allow, and some that even further the criminality. Innocent peoples homes have been stolen, their lives, families, health, and finances devastated, and the perpetrators have gotten off free and without accountability. There needs to be a national agenda for exposing the criminals carrying out the range of HOA homeowner abuses, the crimes against innocent HOA homeowners and property thefts. No matter who they are, who they know, or the locale in which they operate, all of our elected officials, investigators and enforcement authorities should be ashamed that these crimes have been allowed to happen and endure in America to innocent and unsuspecting HOA homeowners. There is absolutely no excuse for why this homeowner fraud, entrapment and deception has been allowed, and especially the legal abuses that accompany many of these horrific crimes. Some courts are responsible for the furthering of these crimes, it appears, and those justices ignoring the laws, denying due process, stripping innocent homeowners of their rights and property should be held accountable too, just as the perpetrators of these crimes should be.


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