Tag Archives: Foreclosures

Talk About Embezzlement!!!

The article linked below is stunning! Although this embezzler is not connected with an HOA, just consider this: if an undetected embezzler can steal $50 million from a small town, how much could an HOA management company steal from the 20 or 30 HOAs it oversees?

Unbelievable and stunning! Fifty million dollars! Watch your HOA like a hawk!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/prosecutor-embezzlement-plea-warning-17721685

Scary Time for Condo HOAs

There’s a pretty good column in the Atlanta Business¬†Chronicle about how the financial meltdown has impacted condo owners. Foreclosures and walkaways hammered the budgets of HOAs, not just in Atlanta, but all over the country. This columnist claims the market has turned around.

But wait! Wait! Financial news on the international and national scale is not good. In fact it’s somewhat bleak. The next decade could be a financial home wrecker. Pray for the best, plan for the worst.

Still, the column linked below is worth reading

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/real_talk/2012/11/checking-the-financial-health-of-hoas.html?page=all

Solar Screams

For some odd reason, Homeowners Associations hate solar panels. The hate the idea of solar energy. They hate people who don’t hate solar energy and they’re willing to sue into oblivion any homeowner who dares put solar panels on his house.

In Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed an act permitting solar panels anywhere in the state. But the Azalea Gardens Homeowners Association in Shreveport apparently feels the law doesn’t affect them. They may be right, since they’re considered a private non-profit corporation. HOAs traditionally think that they’re above the law.

You’re STOOPID To Buy An HOA Home In Nevada!

The Bank of America lawsuit against dozens of Nevada Homeowners Associations chugs onward. Earlier this Fall, B of A filed a federal lawsuit claiming that HOAs were illegally charging excessive collection fees and arbitrary fines against homeowners who committed minor infractions of HOA rules and covenants.

In one such case, a family in North Las Vegas moved out of their home and attempted to short sell it through the Bank of America. But the HOA in question decided the home in question had too many pine needles and weeds on the property, and they filed a lien against the home. Although the initial fine was only a few hundred dollars, the HOA dramatically escalated its fines and costs to more than $16,500. That made the home virtually unsaleable.

A Half Million Dollar Embezzler

This blogger has repeatedly said that embezzling in American HOAs is almost universal. There are no controls, and where there are no controls human beings universally drop to their lowest ethical level. Another example popped up in Davenport, Florida.

HOA president David Meadows has been arrested for allegedly stealing a half million dollars from his Homeowners Association. One resident, Danielle Groth, says it’s routine for her HOA to charge $100 a day for such things as cigarette butts on the ground to kids’ toys in the yard or the wrong style of window blinds.