Over the years I have watched HOAs get bigger and more powerful. Housing consumers have fewer choices in where and how they live. The concept of being king or queen of one’s own home is long gone, giving way to a 90 plus Billion dollar annual industry that feeds off our homes and neighborhoods. And sometimes the fodder they feed on is actually our very homes. The concept of “ownership” has been replaced by a series of rules and regulations with little oversight and no checks and balances. The more we try to fix the problems the deeper the hole we find ourselves in becomes.
Mike Gingerich joins us On The Commons. Several years ago Mike bought a home in a large homeowners association in California and as a psychologist started studying the makeup of his HOA. He then expanded his research beyond his own neighborhood and looked at residential associations across the country. By their very makeup he concluded that HOAs are coming undone. The clues are are there but, as Mike says, they are “hidden in plain sight”. You can read his paper HOAs Coming Undone on From the HOA Trenches . Mike also has a terrific website Hidden Valley Lake Owner Advocate. Tune in and see how many board members you have known come to mind as you listen to why Mike believes HOAs are coming undone.
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