By Rafael Aquino

Published January 27, 2021  


In the last article posting, there was a discussion about relationships between master associations and sub-associations. In most cases, these relationships are filled with friction simply because there is a very poor understanding by the board members of each association of what their roles, authority, and governance structure truly is. To make matters more complicated before anyone took an opportunity to educate themselves on these issues, they let egos and misinformation dominate the narrative and conversation.


To reiterate from the prior article, there must be a realization that the very concept of association living is, in fact, a cooperative approach to living. Neighbors are coming together to share common spaces, experiences, resources, and decision-making processes. The pragmatic realization of this single truth provides absolute clarity to how people should be dealing with each other to fulfill the purpose of association living. We must all see the strengths and value of each other's participation and opinions. This will go a long way to understanding each other's points of view and avoid ALLOT of conflict and wasted resources.


While no single article posting can speak to ALL specific community challenges, more and more communities are being developed with a master association structure and multiple sub-association neighborhoods. While these are not always perfect information, we do always have to refer to what the governing documents say about the governance of each of the related entities.


In most of these cases, the master association has an overarching role in maintaining overall common element conditions and resident membership and using restrictions throughout all neighborhood associations.


We find that these sensitive issues are best dealt with when the master association has a board of directors representing the sub-association board members. This type of governance representation leads to an improved discussion of the community's issues and enhanced acceptance of the solutions.

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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.

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