Growing Impact of HOA Fees

The link below gave me some pause to reflect.

It shows the growing impact of HOA fees on different types of neighborhoods. In recent years, more and more people have been moving away from private family homes into life in a condo. The decrease of available land, the mandate by many large businesses that employees should live closer to the city core, and the relatively lower cost of condo living are among the reasons for the demographic shift.

But knowing what we all know about the false promises of ‘easier living,’ the figures below are a little scary. Living in America is all about choice, isn’t it? But more and more we are all losing our God-given freedom of choice. In addition, we are paying higher and higher fees, fines and special assessments for the privilege of living in an HOA-controlled condo.

(link to growing footprint of HOA fees)



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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.

2 thoughts on “Growing Impact of HOA Fees

  1. Cynthia

    Ward Lucas, ” relatively lower cost of condo living .” Really? It is the uncontrollable and ever increasing “fees,” alleged assessments, alleged special assessments (that of course HOA board members are not paying, or have excluded themselves, or they are assessing everyone in the HOA for income for an industry member and if they do, they get theirs free), alleged fines, fees and collection costs and fraudulent lawsuits against innocent homeowners in condos town homes and HOAs that is costing innocent people their homes, health, finances emotional well being, safety and security, and the safety and security of their family members. There has never been a “higher cost” in American housing and I suspect most will not care about it until it happens to them, or someone they know. We are fortunate to have HOA homeowner experts, advocates, educators and authors like you and some others who have been trying to get the general public to “take their heads out of the sand.” No one wants to believe this criminality, discrimination and housing theft is happening in a vast area of the American housing market, but it is!


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