Believe it or not, those are the marching orders in many Homeowners Associations. Communities with young people are very popular among prospective home buyers. It’s rare that a young family will seek out neighborhoods with a lot of elderly people. Thus, HOA boards will use every trick in the book to get rid of members of the Old F-rts Club. Instead of trying to work with an older homeowner to get dues collected, many just fine, lien and foreclose.
The commentary linked below is a tragic one. But we hear it time and time again. Welcome to HOA Amerika.
One of the country’s best Homeowners’ Rights bloggers….perhaps THE best is Deborah Goonan. Her blog is Independent American Communities. Articulate, wise, informed. In short, I’m wildly jealous of her! Maybe in the next lifetime I’ll be reincarnated with her brain.
In any event, her current post, linked below, is one you should print out and keep copies in a file folder where you can quickly find it to hand out to friends.
10 tough questions for opponents of HOA reform
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Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have a great heart for Africa. They’ve put billions of their own dollars into improving life for those in the third world. Recently, Gates made a somewhat startling statement. He said that Africans could double their annual income if each person had two chickens.
We’re not talking chickens in a pot, we’re talking about creating a continent-wide industry, eggs, protein, new income sources. When the average person in the third world earns just two dollars a day, generating a new source of income actually makes common sense. Although silly at first blush, Gates’ comments are actually another stroke of genius.
Condo, co-op, duplex. Growing numbers of people are moving into Homeowners Associations with approximately ZERO knowledge of what they are and how dangerous they can be.
It’s been tough getting the media’s attention, but the movement to wake American homeowners up seems to be gaining momentum. Every little bit helps, including the article linked below.
(a word of warning from TheStreet)
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It’s unsettling how so many tens of millions of people have just blithely wandered into the Homeowners Association experience without thinking. And so many people think they’re getting such a deal by being one of the first to believe the developer’s promises and move in.
Hoo, boy. A number of prospective homeowners bought condos in a residential skyscraper under development in San Francisco. The developer just didn’t tell them all the relative facts; that one side of the building has sunk sixteen inches into the ground and the building is tilting.