By Darlys Walker

Published October 4, 2017  


So many residents of Florida are not native Floridians. According to Wikipedia, only 33% are native. So as I pondered Ericís questions as to why so many owners are against funding reserves, a few possibilities occurred to me!            

  1. Is it possible that the majority of owners retired to Florida and donít connect completely with the concept of Florida living and erratic Florida weather?

  2. Is it possible that with the average age of Floridians being 44.9 years old (according to Wikipedia) that they donít think they will actually live up to see the expenditure of the reserves?

  3. Better yet, is it that the 67% of those who move to Florida come with the dream of sun, beach, and a laid back lifestyle and simply want to waste away in Margaritaville, without a care in the world?

It is a question that continues to baffle me every year as we go through budget preparation. As many of our readers know, my firm manages associations throughout the Southeast. In Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina there are NO regulations that require any budgeting of reserves, absolutely none.  Yet each of these properties that we manage, and most others, budget a minimum amount of an amount equal to 10% of their annual operating expenses, as reserves and most have $400K-$2Mil for future repairs and expenses.


Is it possible that Florida owners vote not to fund reserves as an act of rebellion against an over regulated state, while states with no regulations happily contribute to reserve so they may avoid special assessments? Your guess is as good as mine!

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Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real  

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