2020

 

MORE ABOUT COLLECTIONS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published August 3, 2020

As promised a few weeks back, we need to discuss some very interesting pitfalls associations sometimes fall into ...

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MATERIAL ALTERATIONS – USE COMMON SENSE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 31, 2020

Material alterations have caused many board members and owners to suffer from headaches and sleepless nights...

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HOW TO GET YOU MATERIAL ALTERATION APPROVED!

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 29, 2020  

As design styles and resident types change, the common area may need to change with it, so the property stays ...

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MATERIAL ALTERATIONS CLARIFIED ---- MAYBE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 27, 2020

Several years ago, our firm was involved in a lawsuit representing many condominium unit owners against ...

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LOTS OF CONFUSION?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 24, 2020

There are always hot debates going on what an association can – or cannot – do in regards to posting names of ...

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HOW DO I GET MY REPORTS? 

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 22, 2020  

Many associations received an extra couple of months to complete their taxes and reporting requirements (audit, ...

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TAXES AND TAX RETURNS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 20, 2020

This year you can thank the Coronavirus for getting an extension on the filing of your tax return.  We ...

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MORE FORECLOSURES TO COME?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 17, 2020

A lot is written about another wave of foreclosures caused by COVID-19 is coming soon. Yes, there may be ...

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4 STEPS TO AVOID TOMORROW PROBLEMS...

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 15, 2020  

Last week I provided tips on the importance of staying on top of your receivables.  This week and I wanted to write ...

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WAIT – IT GETS WORSE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 13, 2020

I recently explained how lucky the banks are when they foreclose on a unit or a home and take back ownership...

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FORECLOSURES! FORECLOSURES?

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 10, 2020

I guess many of you still remember the FORECLOSURE CRISIS in 2007/20078 and I really don’t think that we ....

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COLLECTION TIPS

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 8,., 2020  

The lifeline for any association is the assessments it receives. As such, the association must follow the ...

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THE COLLECTION PROCESS – PART ONE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 6, 2020

So this blog will discuss the collection process from the association’s perspective.  It will tell you what the ...

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CELEBRATE OL’ GLORY

By Jan Bergemann

Published July 3, 2020

The 4th of July – INDEPENDENCE DAY! It’s a day when we all should celebrate the birth of our nation – a nation ...

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Happy 4th to all…

By Rafael Aquino

Published July 1, 2020  

Each year we get the opportunity to celebrate this great nation's independence on the 4th of July; however, this ...

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CAN I FLY ANY FLAG?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 29, 2020

In a few days it’s July 4th.  Our country’s birthday. USA flags will be flying everywhere, even in our community ...

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DON’T BE TOO HASTY!

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 26, 2020

The Pandemic caused serious financial hardship to many families. Community associations have seen the result: An...

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IT’S STILL TO EARLY TO KNOW

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 24, 2020  

One of the biggest challenges that we must pay very close attention to is how the mortgage forbearances will impact ...

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FORECLOSURES AND WHY OUR CONDOS AND HOAs MAY BE IN TROUBLE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 22, 2020

So here is what you need to know in a nutshell: Mortgage defaults are soaring.  In fact, homeowners stopped ...

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TIMES ARE STILL UNUSUAL

By Jan Bergemann   

Published June 19, 2020

Executive orders YES or NO, it will still last quite a while before life will return back to normal. Yes, there has been...

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ONLINE MEETINGS OR BACK TO NORMAL?

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 17, 2020  

Now that the Emergency Powers have been lifted, we have to keep in mind that things are somewhat back to normal. ...

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BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL

By Eric Glazer, Esq.  

Published June 15, 2020

On May 20th, 2020 the Secretary of the DBPR entered an Order putting an end to the Emergency Powers that were ...

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IS IT ALL ABOUT FREE SPEECH?

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 12, 2020

No matter what the media says: The United States of America is still the greatest nation in the world. Or why ...

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TO THE POINT…

By Rafael Aquino

Published June 10, 2020

What occurred to Mr. Floyd was just plain murder, and no one should ever have to go through something like that. ...

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WE’RE STILL THE BEST OF THE BEST

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 8, 2020

Sorry, but I’m just not interested this week about blogging about condos or HOAs.  Not with the devastation I see on ...

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TO SUE – OR NOT TO SUE: THAT’S HERE THE QUESTION!

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 5, 2020\The Pandemic didn’t only create health issues, it as well changed widely our life-style and...

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THE DILEMMA

By Rafael Aquino
Published June 3, 2020
Owning a peace of real estate within an Association can be viewed as a luxury. In some cases, one monthly fee ...

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TO OPEN OR NOT TO OPEN

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 1, 2020

So things are coming back to normal little by little.  Although, I still need a dam haircut.  If I wait another ...

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PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 29, 2020

We were clearly not prepared to deal with COVID-19, so let's make sure we are prepared for the upcoming Atlantic...

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HURRICANE SEASON IS ALMOST HERE

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 27, 2020   \As South Floridians focus their attention on safely reopening, it remains essential that we ...

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RE-OPENING AFTER PANDEMIC?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 22, 2020

It looks like we are getting closer to the end of STAY-AT-HOME orders. Slowly but surely everything is going to be...

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TAKE YOUR TIME…

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 20, 2020  

It feels great to know that we will soon be getting back to a somewhat normal life.  However, as we've mentioned ...

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Reopening… check your state and local government websites to know what is required.

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 18, 2020

As the curve flattens, the state, its counties and its cities are now beginning to permit their communities to reopen.  But...

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PROGRESS BY COMPUTER?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 15, 2020

Things have definitely changed over the years. I remember when little hand-held calculators were the hype and ...

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THE TIME WILL COME…

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 13, 2020

Over the past few weeks, most of us have learned how privileged we are because of the technological ...

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WOW – THINGS HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 11, 2020

I was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1992.  In nearly 30 years, it’s amazing how technology has and continues to ...

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UNUSUAL TREND?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 8, 2020

Eric posted on Monday that he is realizing an unusual trend during the Corona Virus Pandemic: People are a lot more ...

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LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER

By Rafael Aquino

Published May 6, 2020  

Ever since the pandemic started, the conversations I've had with most have been slightly different. While they have ...

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I’M NOTICING AN UNUSUAL TREND

By Eric Glazer, Esq.   

Published May 4, 2020

Most weeks we blog about particular statutes, laws, cases or regulations.  This week we’re going to blog about ...

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DIGITAL AGE TOO EARLY FOR SOME OWNERS

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 24, 2020

It may all work nicely using the digital version of Board meetings and seminars. But too many folks seem to forget

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BOARD MEETINGS VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING?

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 29, 2020  

For years my team and I have been trying to get our board members to start moving their meetings to some form of ...

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IT’S TIME FOR SOME NEW LEGISLATION

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 27, 2020

No doubt we have been in unchartered waters for the past few weeks now.  Boards have been uncertain about how, ...

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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 more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

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

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 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.


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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 !