2021

 

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL – REALLY?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 9, 2021

Let’s face it: There are many reasons why people buy into a NO-PET community. One being: ALLERGIES AGAINST ...

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ESA Changes

By Rafael Aquino

Published April 7, 2021  

There have been some changes in Florida statutes as it relates to emotional support animals. This was much ...

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FLORIDA’S EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL STATUTE – PART ONE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 5, 2021

Florida now has a statute that clarifies what associations should and should not do when someone asks to have an...

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SCREENING POTENTIAL RENTERS AND OWNERS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 2, 2021

We hear so much about screening and/or approving potential buyers and/or owners. And we hear as well ...

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STREAMLINING YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS…

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 31, 2021  

Most association struggles with new resident management. The underlying concern is about knowing who is moving ...

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BUT THEY WEREN’T SCREENED AND APPROVED!

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 29, 2021

I often times get phone calls from board members who are upset about the fact that some new owner went through the...

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NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT – IT’S A BOARD MEETING

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 26, 2021

Over the years I have seen many association boards trying to circumvent the requirements of holding a board meeting...

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IT IS A BALANCING ACT FOR BOARD MEMBERS

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 24, 2021   Having a dual role as neighbors and board members can be difficult to balance and even ...

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WHEN IS A MEETING A MEETING?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 22, 2021

It’s funny how many times over the years, Boards have told me “We weren’t having a meeting, we were only talking ...

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WARNING SIGNS IGNORED?

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 19, 2021

Paying attention to warning signs can be very important – especially for your financial health. Small repairs and ...

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TIME TO REVIEW YOUR PLAN…

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 17, 2021  

A regular progress review of the association’s management plan is always a good idea. While there is a great deal ...

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BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 15, 2021

Today is March 15th, otherwise known as “the ides of March.”  This was the day The Romans considered as a ...

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E-MAILS = CLOSED MEETINGS

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 12, 2021

Since the Florida Legislature, in its infinite wisdom, allows board members to communicate by e-mail among each ...

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EMAILS DON’T EQUAL MEETINGS

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 3, 2021  

Today email is a form of communication that cannot be avoided and it is very prolific in all aspects of life, even ...

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ALL ABOUT E-MAILS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 8, 2021

There really is a lot to know when it comes to e-mails.  Here’s a brief outline: Can Directors Communicate and ...

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ELECTION PROBLEMS

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 5, 2021

It seems this nation has more election problems than a street dog has fleas. Starting with general elections down to ...

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7 STEPS TO A SMOOTH ELECTION

By Rafael Aquino

Published March 3, 2021  

In sunny South Florida, real estate is owned by many as a second or vacation home. Many live in another part of ...

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VOTING FROM ABROAD

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 1, 2021

This year I am hearing the following complaint more than ever before: I live out of the state, or out of the country...

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SOME MORE INFO ABOUT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BILLS  IN 2021

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 26, 2021

The official opening of the legislative session of the Florida Legislature is only next week, but the committee hearings ...

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FINGERS CROSSED…

By Rafael Aquino

Published February 24, 2021  

The HOA's election process is outdated, and it can be complicated to conduct in large associations.  COVID-19 ...

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SO WHAT’S IN STORE THIS YEAR AT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE? PART 2

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published February 22, 2021

As we said last week, The Florida Legislature is in session, and there have been some community association bills ...

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COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BILLS 2021

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 19, 2021

A large number of community association bills have been filed so far for the upcoming Florida legislative session ...

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I HOPE THIS IS THE YEAR…

By Rafael Aquino

Published February 17, 2021  

Sitting on a Board comes with many responsibilities, and the only way of knowing all that it encompasses is by ...

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SO WHAT’S IN STORE THIS YEAR AT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published February 15, 2021

The Florida Legislature is in session, and there have been some community association bills filed, but nothing to ...

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HOW TO REMOVE SOMEBODY FROM OFFICE WHO WAS ALREADY REMOVED FROM OFFICE?

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 12, 2021

Washington is all full of surprises – wouldn’t you say? Now the Democrats want to remove a president from office ...

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TO RECALL OR NOT TO RECALL?

By Rafael Aquino

Published February 10, 2021  

Every now and then, for various reasons, unit owners desire to recall a specific board member after he or she has been...

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CAN YOU REMOVE A PRESIDENT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN REMOVED BY THE VOTERS?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published February 8, 2021

Sometimes we get lucky and the political world mirrors what takes place in the condo and HOA world. The Senate ...

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THERE ARE LOTS OF TRAPS!

By Jan Bergemann

Published February 5, 2021

When buying into community associations you seem to buy as well a lot of hidden traps. It’s just amazing what kind ...

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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 11:00 a.m.  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.


Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

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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 !