Category Archives: HOA

Setting The HOA Record Straight!

I’m really good, aren’t I? I should go into business as a professional psychic! Just a few days ago in a blog post headlined, “Fire That Reporter, Judy Thomas,” I predicted that the powers-that-be would come down like a sledgehammer on the reporter who wrote the fantastic HOA series in The Kansas City Star.

It’s starting, just like I said it would. Linked below is an internal column by the Community Associations Institute, (CAI). It’s so typical of the rank distortions by CAI whenever they refer to homeowners rights advocates. The KC Star’s series was not only incredibly accurate, but it was also fair and balanced. The national Homeowners Association scam is so far out-of-control that a typical reaction to the phrase, ‘homeowners association’ is a couple of raised eyebrows. It’s hard to find a single person who hasn’t heard horror stories about HOA life.

Lots of HOA Media Coverage!

Wow! All of a sudden it seems like HOA media coverage has exploded! A raindrop here and there, and all of a sudden a thunderstorm!

HOA aficionados, lawyers, liars, and HOA organizations that perjure themselves while testifying in State Legislatures continue to complain that true HOA problems are so rare they don’t merit attention. Rare, indeed! The rare HOA is one that DOESN’T have problems.

Get it, folks? HOAs are universally as fascist as they are incompetent. Bullies run for the board. They get elected because homeowners have been bullied into submission and don’t even dare to attend the meeting and vote. Once a bully is in power, the testosterone gets released.

But Don’t HOAs Protect Property Values?

LOL! That’s the lie I’ve been railing against for the past half dozen years.

No, HOAs absolutely DO NOT protect property values. And across the country, homeowners are learning about that the hard way. The latest hair-raising story comes from North Carolina.

Police in Wake and Johnson counties confirm they’re investigating possible embezzlement of more than a half million dollars from more than two dozen Homeowners Associations managed by Kornerstone Community Management.

Let’s see, I’ve got a home in The Wellington HOA I’d like to sell. Oh, a special assessment? To cover all embezzlement costs? Now, where did my prospective buyer go? Guess I’ll have to lower the asking price again.

Goonan on HOTMA

One of the most articulate and intellectual bloggers in the homeowners rights movement is Deborah Goonan. A critically important recent column of hers is one that’ll be overlooked by most of us, the so-called Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. It would force the FHA to ease regulations on mortgage financing for those buying condominiums. On the surface it sounds like a great thing, lowering down payments, reducing the mandated number of owner-occupied units.

Judy Thomas On The Commons

Most people in our network already frequently check into Shu Bartholomew’s incredible weekly radio show, On The Commons. Everybody who’s anybody in the homeowners rights movement has been interviewed by Shu at least once. But this weekend’s show had a ‘first-timer.’ And what a first-timer it was!

The guest was Judy Thomas, the reporter behind the huge HOA investigative series in last week’s Kansas City Star. Judy says she’s gotten responses from all over the country. Strange, because so many other major newspapers have turned down stories about the HOA mess because they assume it’s a non-issue.  It’s getting more and more difficult for professional lobbyists like the Community Associations Institute (CAI) to pretend that almost all homeowners are happy with their HOA. It’s obvious that millions, even tens of millions of homeowners have been burned by the national HOA scam.