2021

DEVELOPERS ARE ON THE PROWL

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 25, 2021

I got a call this week from The Sun Sentinel.  They asked if I had heard about the prominent developer who approached ...

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 22, 2021

That’s the headline on our Educational Website of the CCFJ FOUNDATION. It was true in the Middle Ages – and it’s...

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CERTIFICATION SHOULD BE REQUIRED!!!

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 20, 2021

Having board members take a certification course to sit on a board only makes sense. Dealing with an educated board ...

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THANK YOU SENATOR ANNA MARIA RODRIGUEZ!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 18, 2021

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog called  It’s Time To Stop A True Florida Farce.  The blog spoke about the fact that ...

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CHAOS SUPREME: THE KAUFMAN LANGUAGE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 15, 2021

Let’s be very honest: Since the Florida Supreme Court ruled that new legislation enacted by the Florida Legislature ...

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AMENDMENT STEP BY STEP

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 13, 2021  

The Board of Directors is tasked with many responsibilities, one of them enforcing the rules within their community ...

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SUPPOSE YOUR DEC DOES NOT HAVE KAUFMAN LANGUAGE?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 11, 2021

This is such an important topic that is often times difficult to teach.  In a nutshell however, assume the following: 1. Your ...

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ASSOCIATION WEBSITE – A VALUABLE TOOL

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 8, 2021

An association website, used correctly, can be a very valuable tool – if it’s in the right hands. For communities ...

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WEBSITES ARE CRITICAL

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 6, 2021

As a management company, communication has always been a component of success. However, many factors can affect...

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NO ASSOCIATION WEBSITE?  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 4, 2021

When the original bill was filed that required condominiums to have a website, the statute was only going to apply ...

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A CATASTROPHE ATTRACTS VULTURES!

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 2, 2021

Any catastrophe attracts vultures who are looking to make money out of the misery of others. We already read the news ...

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HARD DECISIONS MUST BE MADE

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 29, 2021  

The day was going to up when the dust would settle, and a decision with what to do with the land at Champlain ...

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THE SITE OF THE CHAMPLAIN TOWERS -- NOT AN EASY TASK TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 27, 2021

I don’t envy Judge Michael Hanzman, the judge who is assigned to decide the fate of the property where the Champlain ...

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MEDIATION – DOES IT WORK?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 24, 2021

Mediation only works if both parties are willing to compromise – and in many community association disputes...

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PROS & CONS OF LIVING IN AN ASSOCIATION

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 22, 2021  

While no two associations are alike, association living comes with many benefits. In most cases, owners ...

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TO ARBITRATE OR MEDIATE?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 20, 2021

Prior to July 1st, 2021 if a condominium dispute arose, the parties were forced to first arbitrate the matter before the...

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BEG, STEAL OR BORROW – OR FORECLOSURE?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 17, 2021

Many of the old condo buildings in the State of Florida are facing serious structural repairs that will cost millions of ...

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PAY TODAY OR PAY WITH INTEREST TOMORROW

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 15, 2021  

Life for Board members, managers, and residents would be much easier if associations had the necessary funds to ...

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TO BEG OR BORROW

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 13, 2021

So many of our buildings are approaching the 40 year mark, requiring recertification in electrical and structural.  Many ...

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NECESSARY CHANGES TO FS 718 and FS 720

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 10, 2021

Next Saturday we are holding our TOWN HALL MEETING in DORAL. We will have a great panel and ...

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NEW BOARD MEMBER TIPS

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 8, 2021  

As we near election season, many potential board members are unsure what they should do in the first few weeks of ...

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A BREAK WITH TRADITION ON THIS LABOR DAY IN MEMORY OF CHAMPLAIN TOWERS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 6, 2021

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that each Labor Day, I write a parody talking about a day in the life ...

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ARE ELECTIONS REALLY “REGULATED”?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 3, 2021

This country really has a problem with holding election, but we want to tell other countries how to run their election and...

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MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 1, 2021  

Associations are nonprofit organizations managed by volunteer board members. Boards have a responsibility ...

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BEFORE YOU TAKE AWAY SOMEONE’S RIGHT TO VOTE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 30, 2021

About ten years ago I got my butt kicked in a Condominium case before the Florida Supreme Court.  The name of the ...

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WHAT A JOKE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 27, 2021

Board members hold a huge responsibility: They can quickly ruin the personal finances of each owner in the ...

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CHANGE IS NEEDED

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 25, 2021  

Board members have many responsibilities they must adhere to fulfill their role. In addition to the governance ...

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IT’S TIME TO STOP A TRUE FLORIDA FARCE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 23, 2021

Over a decade ago The Florida Legislature thought it was a good idea for members of condo and HOA boards to ...

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THE BIG QUESTION: WHO TO TRUST?

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 20, 2021

George posted exactly the question most of us are asking ourselves since quite a while: Whose opinion should we ...

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WE ARE BACK AT IT AGAIN

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 18, 2021  

Most of us were hoping to put this pandemic somewhat behind us; however, it feels as if we have taken several ...

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BOARDS ARE NOT POWERLESS WHEN IT COMES TO COVID

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 16, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we have been dealing with COVID for a year and a half now.  It’s harder to believe that it looks...

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EXPERT ENGINEERING REPORTS SAVE LIVES!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 13, 2021

No building has an endless life-expectancy without proper maintenance and repairs. No matter if it’s a single-family ...

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SAFEGUARDS ARE NEEDED

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 11, 2021  

Being a seasoned association management company comes with many benefits, and one of those benefits is knowing ...

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EVERYONE IS AN EXPERT

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 9, 2021

Imagine a world where accountants can examine your heart and give you an opinion regarding its condition and your ...

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INSURANCE IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 6, 2021

We always hear condo owners complaining about the high cost of insurance – not only for the property insurance, but...

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INSURANCE CHANGE NEEDED

By Rafael Aquino

Published August 4, 2021  

Insurance is a line on the budget that at times doesn't get taken very seriously. I believe this is the case because the ...

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AND WHILE YOU’RE AT IT... PLEASE FIX THE INSURANCE STATUTE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 2, 2021

No doubt some changes are on the way for condominiums as a result of the Surfside tragedy.  The changes are long ...

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YOU FINALLY PAY THE PRICE!!!!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 30, 2021

With the Florida legislature watering down the initially demanded mandatory funding of full reserves by allowing...

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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

 

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.



As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.

 

Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.


Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.


As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279.


Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

O: 800-977-6279 ● F: 305-325-4053


Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !