By Rafael Aquino

Published February 16, 2022  


Much has changed in our condo and homeowners associations over the past year. As Eric mentioned on Monday, many board members have realized the impacts of their decisions are long-lasting. As I write this blog, our legislators are brewing the changes to condo and HOA laws. While we don't know the outcome, it is essential to understand what will change and impact your association. 


From what I've read and seen thus far, our associations will most likely be required to have a Reserve Study conducted to determine how much an association should have in reserves and what items they should be reserving for as well. In my opinion, this is all excellent news; however, Board members and managers need to take action sooner than later. If you have an association that doesn't have a reserve study, I suggest you start requesting your management team to obtain proposals.   If such a law passes, the demand for Reserve Study's will significantly increase, and cost will most likely do the same.


It's better to take proactive measures today because if reserves do become mandatory, at least the board and management can understand what the impacts will look like and what steps will need to be taken to meet the required threshold.

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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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