Is an HOA Right for You? Buyer Beware

7 Misunderstood Facts About Association-Governed Living

By:  Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interest

The typical homeowners or condominium association puts either a profit-motivated Developer or your neighboring property owners (people you may barely know, and who often lack relevant qualifications) in charge of governing your home, your lifestyle choices, AND your money.

Today, four out of five real estate sales are in condominium or Homeowners Association communities–a $90 billion a year industry representing five times the amount the federal government spends to run NASA.  An estimated 70 million Americans are living under the rule of an association.

 Association-governed real estate ownership (which includes condominiums, cooperatives and single family homes within a Homeowners Association) comes with considerable risks of which few are aware when they sign on the dotted line.  Click here to read more

“The HOAX” – HOA Documentary – Available online for one week starting Monday, June 6th, at 9:00AM PDT

About the Film

“The HOAX” is an independent examination of the abuse of power and lack of regulation in the homeowners’ association (HOA) industry; a business whose key selling point is the protection of property values.

The film follows an investigative reporter, homeowners, and HOA reform activists as they illustrate shocking evidence of financial and psychological hardships throughout Texas and Nevada. A few of these people, including the filmmaker, are the subject of adverse actions from the very Homeowners Associations created to help them.

Las Vegas Lift-Off Online

starts Monday 6th June, 9AM PDT


Update on instructions to view this documentary film, The HOAX:
Look to the lower right of this website; you’ll see a button labeled, “Rent all $8.00.” Click this button and a Vimeo on Demand website will appear. To move ahead you will need to log-on to Vimeo or create an account with Vimeo at no charge as the page will show you.
After logging onto Vimeo, you will need to pay the Rent all $8.00 fee by credit card or Pay Pal. After paying the fee, you’ll need to go back to the festival website and scroll down to “20. The HOAX | Las Vegas Lift-Off Online 2016.” This festival made The HOAX, as well as many other films, as part of a series and they are requiring an $8.00 charge to view them all for one week. (Note: In the original website post, The HOAX was listed as #53, but now it’s #20.)
We are sorry if people were under the assumption there would be free access. We were unaware of this fee until after our original post was sent out.
We are also sorry for your frustrations in trying to view this documentary today, but do follow these instructions and you shouldn’t have any more trouble.

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Stoopid HOA Buyers

Neighbors at War:  Stoopid HOA Buyers
By Ward Lucas
March 4, 2016

I have enormous sympathy for people who buy into an HOA. Heck, I was dumb enough to do the same thing. Three times! But in retrospect, I was STOOPID! I was a lamb among the wolves. Never had a clue.

The biggest unreported financial crime in America is embezzlement from an HOA. The following story isn’t even extraordinary, it happens in city after city, day after day. But homeowners (like me) are just too witless to ‘get it.’ The HOA scam is beyond any reasonable explanation. If you’ve bought an HOA property you’ve just donated your life savings to a massive national criminal enterprise that the government will never investigate, expose, or end. Kiss your life savings, ‘Goodbye.’  Read more: