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Image On The Commons is a weekly radio show, dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding homeowner associations (HOAs) and condominiums.  It is broadcast live from WEBR, Fairfax, Virginia and available on this web site.

Join us as we explore the world of homeowner associations and condominiums, which are the fastest growing form of residential development in America today.  This housing concept includes homeowner associations, condominiums, cooperatives, and both attached and detached single-family homes.  Unfortunately this type of housing is not as utopian as its advocates would have us believe.  Living in a homeowner association means giving up a part of the American dream.  It means giving up Constitutional rights and control over one’s most valuable asset - one’s home.

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 "Property in a thing consists not merely in its ownership and possession, but in the unrestricted right of use, enjoyment, and disposal. Anything which destroys any of the elements of property, to that extent, destroys the property itself. The substantial value of property lies in its use. If the right of use be denied, the value of the property is annihilated and ownership is rendered a barren right."  --- Washington State Supreme Court Justice Richard B Sanders

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The Curent Show

On the Commons with Martha Boneta

Due to technical problems we are 

rebroadcasting this show.  

 

As I write this Louis Armstrong's, "What a Wonderful World" is playing in the background.  I listen to the words and in my mind's eye I see the green trees, the red roses and imagine them blooming for me and you.  I see the colors of the rainbow and the friends shaking hands, saying I love you and watching babies grow, oh, "what a wonderful world".  Then  I have to wonder, why  we can't keep it that way?  Why do we allow a few bad apples to ruin an otherwise wonderful world?  Is there anything we can do to prevent that? But what can one person do?



Martha Boneta joins us On The Commons.  Martha's dream of becoming a farmer was realized when she and her family became the proud owners of Liberty Farm in her native Virginia.  However, it wasn't long before her dream was threatened by the overreaches of the environmental commission and her time was devoted to fending off their abuses, dictates and demands. Not one to roll over, Martha fought back - and she won.  Along the way she got two bills named after her, she is also the subject of a documentary film, "Farming in Fear", she has received numerous awards and has been named Most Amazing Woman by Country Woman's Magazine.  We talk to Martha about fighting back and learn what we, as individuals and as a group of homeowner advocates and activists, can do to fight back, protect our rights and our homes.  With all the tools available to us we don't have to roll over, we can fight back and then look at the skies of blue and the clouds of white and think to ourselves, "what a wonderful world".. . . . Listen to Martha Boneta     

 

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On the Commons with Frank Short

Happy St Patrick's Day.  

 

Every year lobbyists for the HOA industry present legislators with proposed legislation designed to increase the powers of homeowner and condo associations.  The lobbyists often claim they are there at the request of the owners who actually want this new law.  How many of the legislators actually believe these canards is a mystery.  With some of the provisions in these bills you'd have to wonder why any sane owner would even contemplate such laws.  Maybe many of the our lawmakers don't stop to consider what these bills would actually mean if passed.  Could it be they don't understand what they are carrying?

 

Frank Short joins us On The Commons.  Ever since our very first mid March show we have had a  St Patrick's day edition where Frank has done a roundup of all the proposed legislation in Virginia.  This year is no exception.  We will find out what the managers and attorneys representing associations are dreaming about and how they propose to relieve the owners of more rights.  Frank talks about the wording of some of these bills and explains how, if signed into law by the governor, they would take away a right that the owners have.  Tune in, compare our bills to some proposed in your state and compare the language.  To access the Virginia bills check out  Richmond Sunlight.     . . . Listen to Frank Short . . .   

 

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