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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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On the Commons with David Kahn

Every year, for as long as I can remember, homeowners have gathered to talk about the problems and the issues they face in their HOA governed homes and developments.  Invariably they debate potential legislation they believe would Provide for a fair and balanced playing field.  And over the years more and more laws are added to the books in all the states.  Sometimes they succeed - for a little while - but usually they are back the following legislative session, still trying to fix the never ending problems and abuses.  I have long believed there has to be a better way and that Americans are entitled to live peacefully in their own homes.  Maybe it is time to think outside the box and try something different.


David Kahne joins us On The Commons.  David, an attorney in Houston, Texas, is one of a handful of attorneys nationwide who understands HOA laws and does represent owners against their HOAs. He has worked on a legislative agenda for Texas for as long as I have known him. This year is no exception.  We talk to David about some of the items on his legislative agenda,  some of the issues he believes need to be addressed to even out the balance of power and give the owner a fighting chance.  We talk about fines and foreclosures and legal fees.  We touch on many issues, including whether some of the legislative agenda could, or should, be tackled at the Federal level.  And we barely scratched the surface of what should be done to return full ownership and sovereignty of our homes to their rightful owners. . . . Listen to David Kahn      

 

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On the Commons with Jeff Dove

It is so easy to look around us with great sadness and wonder what happened to our traditional values?  Where did our rights go?  How come even our homes and communities have become unpleasant, scary and alien places?  Places we are afraid to go to?  Weren't they once our safe havens where we had the final word? Why can we no longer choose the plants we have in our yards? The drapes we have in our windows? The outdoor play areas we want for our children? What happened?  Shouldn't someone be doing something to take us back to the way things used to be?  

Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world".  

Jeff Dove joins us On The Commons.  Jeff's mother taught him that "When you don't like the way something is going, you should get off the sidelines and do something about it".  Wise words from wise people.  Jeff took his mother's words to heart, in fact her words have guided him throughout his life and he is now ready to take the next big step in doing something about it.  Jeff threw his hat in the ring and is running for Congress.  When he wins he will be MY congressman and I can't wait for that to happen.  Tune in and join us as I get to know Jeff, his values and his beliefs.  We talk about the issues facing us all and we talk about our homes and our rights.  We also talk about "change", change for the better and how we can get there. Isn't it time to have someone in office who will listen to his constituents and find out what they want?  Let's all get off the sidelines and be the change we want to see in our world.  There is a better world out there waiting for us and our children.  All we have to do is get there.  . . .  Listen to Jeff Dove

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