Fraudulent CAI!

Longtime journalists know they’re never supposed to use the word, ‘fraudulent.’ Unless they can prove it.

The current CAI survey put out by Frank Rathbun and Tom Skiba, heads of the Community Associations Institute, is FRAUDULENT! How they’re able to get a respected polling agency like Zogby is beyond my comprehension. Line by line this poll is fabricated. But money buys anything. Zogby should be ashamed. CAI isn’t about building better communities. It’s about keeping the cash flow going. Keeping the lawyers well-fed. Hiding the amount of embezzling going on in Homeowner Associations across the country.

Hey! That brings up an idea for Frankie for next year’s poll! (Pay attention, Zogby!)

What percentage of HOAs have lost money to embezzlers?

How many board members and HOA managers have been hit with criminal charges?

How many homeowners have lost their life savings by buying an HOA home?

How much money has been made by CAI members who lie to the IRS and say they’re tax-exempt?

How many homeowners say they’ll never live in another HOA?

How many homeowners think of the name, ‘George Orwell,’ whenever they think about Homeowners Associations?

Egads, there are too many such questions to list here. I’m going to bed.


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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.

3 thoughts on “Fraudulent CAI!

  1. IC_deLight

    How much money has been embezzled by CAI-member management companies?

    Why do CAI-member management companies insist they are entitled to “late fees” for themselves for not collecting assessments for their client HOAs?

    If collection of assessments is so important that HOAs must have the power to foreclose to collect them, why do CAI-member management companies promote the “priority of payment scam” to make assessments the last thing (if ever) paid upon receipt of money from homeowners?

    Why does CAI oppose the application of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to CAI-member management companies?

    Why does CAI oppose allowing the homeowner to decide how the homeowner’s payments are applied?

    Why does CAI oppose open meetings for HOA corporations?

    Why does CAI oppose open records for HOA corporations?

    Why do CAI-member management companies demand transfer fees when such fees are clearly prohibited by FHFA and threaten to render all homes in the HOA unmarketable (due to financing restrictions imposed by FHFA relating to transfer fees)?

    Why does CAI promote monopolies without economic regulation regarding the provision of video services to involuntary members of HOAs?

    How many of its members has CAI ever imposed sanctions on for failure to abide by CAI’s alleged ethics policies?

    Does CAI consider embezzlement to be acceptable conduct under its alleged ethics policies?

  2. Deborah Goonan

    Here are More good questions:

    How many CAI members actually live in Association Governed Housing?
    How many CAI members own Association Governed Housing merely as invetment properties, but do not live in any of them?
    Why does CAI now favor hiring professional managers to serve at CEO-President, even non-residents, non-owners in the association?
    If HOAs are “preferred places to call home,” them why don’t all CAi member service providers choose to live in one?

  3. George Staropoli

    Not informing the readers in its surveys, CAI does not provide notice that The Foundation for Community Association Research is really Community Associations Institute Research Foundation (corporate name). Why hide this fact?

    Furthermore, according to their tax exempt filings with the IRS, the Foundation is 100% supported by CAI. Why aren’t the readers of the survey told this fact? To mislead readers, perhaps?


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