By Rafael Aquino

Published February 2, 2022  


Many within our industry understand the challenges associations face; however, no challenge is more prominent than an association that is not adequately funded. In a recent meeting I attended with over twenty management company CEOs, most if not all agreed that change is needed to Florida laws regarding the funding of reserves, explicitly removing the language that allows the option to waive reserves. While we all agreed this would be a difficult situation to manage, most, if not all agreed we would be willing to deal with those challenges because we know that the longer-term benefit will outweigh the short-term challenges.


As the article mentioned, we are in the middle of an election year, and making a change that will impact so many will be difficult. While our legislatures have prepared several bills that seem promising, I'm not holding my breath that change will come. It's the same story Board Members deal with when it's time to do a major repair, and they don't have money. Most will take the easy way out and instead put lipstick on the pig.


I will keep saying it till I can't say it anymore; we need reform when it comes to reserves, and we need it now. Our condo associations aren't getting any younger, and other challenges like climate change are coming upon us. The only way of dealing with issues is to chip at them one at a time. I'm afraid if we don't, condo associations will be impacted in a way that may be too difficult to recover from in the future.

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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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