American News Media Getting Educated About HOAs? Nawwww!

Homeowners rights advocates like Deborah Goonan, Sara Benson, Nila Ridings and others are noting that more and more mainstream news outlets are beginning to be aware of the national Homeowners Association scam. Yes, they’re writing about it, but they’re still getting it wrong.

This is a multi-billion dollar scandal and these idiot reporters are just saying that homeowners have to be more aware and do more DUE diligence. The Fox Business article linked below is another example of a reporter learning that “there’s something out there!”

But the very structure and promise of Homeowners Associations is a complete lie. You can’t just ‘investigate’ to see if your HOA is being operated properly. A balsa wood doll house might look strong enough to stand on. But the strength it promises is a fabrication. Your HOA promises to protect your property values, but in tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of HOAs across America property values are plummeting. If you think your values are being protected then you’ve bought into one of the biggest lies ever sold to the American homeowner.


(link to Fox Business article on the need to investigate before you buy)


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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 “American News Media Getting Educated About HOAs? Nawwww!

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Ward, it’s understandable that mainstream media still does not fully get it. There are so many layers to this HOA onion–the more you peel it, the more it stinks and makes you cry.

    A lot of people simply assume that it’s easy to conduct some due diligence and live happily ever after. But it really doesn’t work that way. Association governance of common interest housing is economically unsustainable, socially dysfunctional, politically inequitable, and prone to creating stressful, unhealthy living environments.

    Building awareness takes time. Builing a thorough understanding, longer still.

  2. Mary

    It would be more more productive if the investigative journalists and other experts on this blog presented themselves as a unified group. This presidential election year is a great opportunity to utilize the collective network each of you has to present compelling facts to the candidates in public forums.


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