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The HOA Detective

The HOA Detective is the pen name of CIDA co-founder Carson Horton, RS. Mr. Horton’s blog space,, is a potpourri of useful information and irreverent observations about topics of relevance to anyone with an interest in the subject of privatized residential communities.


In the style of an old-fashioned beat reporter, the HOA Blotter seeks to inform and enlighten readers about the latest in HOA misconduct and random incompetence. In addition to reporting on the misdeeds and transgressions of HOAs in general, the HOA Blotter keeps a watchful eye trained on the industry that services the HOA marketplace in an effort to enlighten, inform and empower buyers and homeowners who live in HOAs.


The HOA Detective is the alter-ego/pen name of CIDA co-founder Carson Horton. Mr. Horton’s career path began with a tour of duty in the construction industry, where he honed his project management and cost estimating skills for almost 30 years before leaving the industry to pursue other professional opportunities. A chance encounter at a social gathering in the fall of 2005 led to an introduction to the relatively obscure occupation of conducting reserve studies for homeowner associations.

As fate would have it, Mr. Horton’s background in the construction industry was particularly well-suited to the reserve planning discipline, and so a career as a Reserve Specialist® was born. Twelve years, fourteen states and many hundreds of reserve study clients have provided Mr. Horton with a broad range of exposure to the inner-workings of HOAs, association management companies and the industry that has evolved over the last half century to serve the needs of an estimated 350,000 residential common interest developments that now dot the American landscape.

Through the HOA Detective blog, Mr. Horton hopes to provide readers with useful information about a serious topic which has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, government regulators and the public in general, despite the fact that some 60 million Americans now reside in a homeowner association of one form or another.