By Darlys Walker

Published December 4, 2013


The holidays are upon us and many Homeowners are working diligently to decorate both inside and outside their homes. Yes, it is a joyful time. That is unless your Board believes your holiday decorations are "excessive", "obtrusive" and or "disruptive" to your neighbors. The Guinness Book of World Records just announced that the "Richards Family" in Canberra, Australia, now holds the world record by displaying 502, 165 led lights, stretching over 31 miles on the outside of their home. Additionally, the lights are animated and synchronized to music.


Am I the only one seeing the potential for massive traffic jams in their neighborhood due to visitors wanting to view this holiday monstrosity? Australia is not the only country to experience this "over the top' decorating madness. In the USA, most states will too report, similar stories of overzealous decorators.


Last year's Guinness record was held by the "Gay Family" of Lagrangeville, New York. According to Forbes Magazine, the average Homeowner will spend $151.43 on decorations. Clearly these two families FAR exceeded this norm.


So what happens if your Association demands that you remove your decorations? Do they have this right? The answer is simple. The Board can determine if they perceive your decorations to be "excessive", "obtrusive" or "disruptive". Yes, the Board has the right to make reasonable rules and regulations regarding what is deemed as acceptable decorations as well as enforcing your Master Deed and State Condominium Act. In some cases, if you fail to remove them, they just might remove them for you.


Oh the holidays, don't you just love them!

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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 estate

management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as large mixed-use developments.


   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.


   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  


   Her clients say it best: "Darlys really knows her stuff" ... "at the top of her profession and it shows in the caliber of her clients" ... "delivers quality resources that match up well with needs and expectations that are really rigorous."  


   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia. 




   Darlys Walker and her team have been selected to manage the condominium conversion process and day-to-day operations for many of the Southeast's most high-profile condominium communities including luxury high-rises, mid-rises and garden-style homes. Most recently she has been recognized as an expert in 're-versions' of communities from condominiums to leased homes, as well as repositioning projects. A visionary and a tireless perfectionist, Darlys demonstrates hands-on leadership, working individually with each client and staff associate to achieve defined business outcomes and satisfaction.


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