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Dinosaurs Make HOA Board Members Grumpy
Saturday, 11 June 2016

HOA Roaring Over Dinosaurs in Texas Woman's Yard
On The Commons is a weekly radio show, dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding homeowner associations (HOAs).  Those darling dinosaurs, happily grazing in a Texas yard brought smiles to the faces of children of all ages.  The grumpy board members of the inevitable HOA, not so much.  They decided that the dynamic duo had to leave "or else...."   Notwithstanding the grumpy ones, the residents of this neighborhood all wanted a pair of dinosaurs of their own - at least for a while.  And thus began an amazing journey and a lesson for all of us, including the grumpy group. Are you listening?

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Worthless Connecticut Homes Crumble
Wednesday, 08 June 2016

With Connecticut Foundations Crumbling, ‘Your Home Is Now Worthless’ 
Across nearly 20 towns in northeastern Connecticut, a slow-motion disaster is unfolding, as local officials and homeowners wrestle with an extraordinary phenomenon. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of home foundations that have been poured since the 1980s are cracking, with fissures so large you can slip a hand inside. “This is such an emotional roller coaster,” said Tim Heim, a homeowner who started the group Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements.

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HOAs and Local Tyranny on El Conservador
Tuesday, 07 June 2016

George Rodriguez Talk Show, Local Tyranny and Home Owners’ Association
– HOAs are organizations that are supposed to protect priva
te property rights, specifically those of home owners. However, what happens when an HOA board begins to push its own agenda and abuse its power? What recourse exists for the private property owner in a fight with a HOA? Beanie Adolph with “Texas Homeowners for HOA Reform” tells about her efforts in the Texas legislature, and Janet Ahmad with Home Owners for Better Building talks about her personal fight with an HOA. Listen and learn, because the defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard. 

Listen to George Rodriguerz,
  First Guests: Beanie Adolph first guest.  Second Guest Janet Ahmad, begins @ 27:52  

 
Behind HOA Iron Gates - Part One
Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Behind HOA Iron Gates
 
         Texas Monthly Report – Conflicts-and-Interests:
“HOAs have become a big business. They generate $40 billion in annual assessment revenue (the dues collected from individual homeowners) and $35 billion in reserves, representing a huge government-like contracting opportunity — only without all the procurement safeguards and transparency guarantees expected of taxpayer-supported entities.”  A year ago the gated community of Bluffview Greens elected an unopposed board of directors.  Eight months later, the Board had AMS / First Service Association’s management attorney file a new governing document ‘Resolution’ at the County Courthouse that nullified previous board decisions.  It wasn't until two months after that, the Board - under pressure - finally notified the members of the Resolution filing.   In an attempt to explain the boards’ justification, the President wrote:  “I think that you would agree that, if a political party is voted into an office, it does not need to follow the previous party’s decisions, regulations, policies, and laws.  In fact, I would hope you agree that the voters voted for the new party to have the rules changed.”…   Paris Constantzos, President of the Board of Directors Bluffview Greens Homeowners Association.

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Crumbling Foundation in Connecticut
Monday, 06 June 2016

NBC Connecticut: "Crumbling Foundations" IRE 
Advocacy Group, Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements speak out Elected officials US Senator Richard Blumenthal and State Senator Tony Guglielmo call for Investigation. NBC received over 250 emails from people crying about crumbling foundations.

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NEW FEATURE: Connecticut Homeowners Website
Monday, 06 June 2016

Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements
Countless homeowners in northeastern Connecticut (and lower parts of Massachusetts) are facing crumbling basement walls that provide the foundation upon which their houses sit. Cracking, flaking, bowing, and separation of the concrete has been progressing on these homes, built between 1980s to 1998. The damage appears to take decades or more to appear, yet there is no magic number or formula to determine the rate at which a home will begin to fail, or when it will become unsound to inhabit. The date range of 1980 to 1998 is only a current estimate.

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Builder Fraud Charges
Monday, 06 June 2016

Former Whitestown-based builders charged with $1.2M in fraud
The co-owners of a Whitestown-based homebuilder that filed for bankruptcy in 2013 have been arrested and charged with theft, corrupt business influence, perjury and forgery, Indiana State Police announced Saturday. Ogle is already facing similar felony counts in Marion County after prosecutors charged him in February 2015 with defrauded a homeowner whose house was damaged in the 2012 Richmond Hill neighborhood explosion.

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Homebuilder to pay $11 M for Bank Fraud & Mortgage Scam
Sunday, 05 June 2016

Seeno company charged with bank fraud, fined $11 million
Six years after federal agents raided the Seeno homebuilder headquarters, federal prosecutors Friday criminally charged Discovery Sales with bank fraud and the East Bay family’s company will plead guilty and agree to pay $11 million in fines and restitution, according to unsealed court documents. ... scam that allowed the Seeno companies to continue selling properties at high prices during the housing market downturn by obtaining mortgages through illegal means.

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Texas Needs Home Lemon Law
Saturday, 04 June 2016

Limited help for Texans with defective homes
Homeowners concerned over unlicensed Texas builders. Taylor Morrison Homes built Gribble’s house. According to court documents, the nation-wide builder has a history of complaints involving defective homes outside Texas. "If we have a lemon law it’s just logical. If you build a bad house you will stand by it or you’ll have to buy it back, said Janet Ahmad, president of Homeowners for Better Building.

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The Quorum Report: Senator West - may be best possible in this political environment
Tuesday, 26 January 2016

HOA REFORMERS SAY WEST'S BILL STILL NEEDS TWEAKING
The latest iteration of what has become a perennial effort to reform homeowners’ associations (HOAs) has hit a bit of a speed bump – the would-be reformers themselves... “If it passes the way it is, it’s not good for us,” said Janet Ahmad of the Texas HOA Reform Coalition. “It legitimizes a private government. We don’t need another government in our lives. It’s a funded mandate.” See March 23, 2011 hearing on SB142 Part II

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Consumer Affairs: BBB Favors Big Business - Not Consumer Friendly
Saturday, 31 October 2015

Do dues-paying members get higher grades than non-members? Many people think of the Better Business Bureau as a consumer watchdog, but a report by CNN Money finds the organization has given top ratings to companies that have faced action by government regulators and lawsuits by angry consumers... BBB also notes that it does not identify itself as a consumer watchdog, but rather as a mediator between businesses and consumers.

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HUD Scandal Deep in the Heart of Texas
Thursday, 01 October 2015

High-Income Texans Find Homes in Public Housing
Deep in the heart of rural, southeast Texas, a family living in public housing meant for low-income families has a total household income of $285,971 a year.  In Olney, Texas — near Wichita Falls — a family receiving taxpayer subsidies to pay rent makes $227,709, while another family residing in public housing in Pineland on the eastern edge of the state makes $184,499.

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HUD Sec. Castro - HUD Scandals in San Antonio
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Obama Nominates Castro In Spite of Texas HUD Scandal
President Barrack Obama nominated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on May 23rd in spite of his city’s alleged misuse of funds from that same federal department. The Post piled a lot of praise on the back of San Antonio’s youngest ever elected mayor, but completely failed to mention the brewing scandal in San Antonio’s financial relationship with the very department Castro is now nominated to head.

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HUD Sec. Castro Gives Lip Service to San Antonio HUD Scandals
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Castro dealing with scandal-laden HUD
When the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development scolded the federal agency this summer for letting 25,000 “over income” families reside in public housing — more than 1,000 of them in Texas — HUD initially fought back. Castro has challenges ahead, illustrated by a tally presented by Montoya in June: 106 arrests; 133 indictments or charges; and 179 convictions, plea bargains or diversions related to agency programs — in a six-month period.

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HUD FEATURE: 1981 – 2015 HUD’s Hallmark of Federal Policy – 35-Years of Housing Scandal
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

HUD FEATURE: 1981 – 2015 HUD’s Hallmark of Federal Policy – 35-Years of Housing Scandal and Billions in Taxpayer Waste
CATO INSTITUTE - DOWNSIZING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Cisneros planted another seed for the housing bubble and its subsequent burst by putting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under constant pressure to facilitate more lending to "underserved" markets. While Cisneros's own HUD administration acknowledged that mortgages financed by Fannie and Freddie in "underserved" areas have a higher risk of default, it did not see that "there need be any safety and soundness impediment" to the policy. It was under Cisneros's direction that HUD agreed to allow Fannie and Freddie credit toward its "affordable housing" targets by buying subprime mortgages. The recent meltdown in the U.S. housing and financial markets makes it crucially important to understand the distortions created by HUD's programs and the political drivers of its decision-making. HUD policies played an important role in the meltdown, and this essay sheds light on why some of HUD's bad policies were put in place.

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