By Rafael Aquino

Published June 29, 2022  


Tomorrow is the last day of June, and we will start the year's second half. While many enjoy their summers, community association managers start ramping up what's the busiest season of the year (3RD & 4TH QTR.) The latter half of the year usually is comprised of budget season, peak hurricane season, annual meetings, elections,  holiday parties, and more.


As management companies and managers alike begin the preparations, what immediately comes to mind is this year's budget season and the impacts of the new legislation. Many associations don't have reserves, and it will be interesting how they will be handled. Will they do the right thing and start funding some reserves, or will they wait to see if potential changes are made? That's the million-dollar question.


As an organization, we are making recommendations to our clients that we need to have open and honest conversations with the membership and start drawing out a plan for what these changes will look like and what the impacts would be. The last thing any owner would want is to be blinded-sided the end of 2023 with a significant increase to their fees without any preparations.


Sitting on a board for an association with little to no reserves will be challenging in the coming years. It's not to say that now is the time to run, but now is the time to communicate with your residents. It will be challenging, but like everything else, the challenge will eventually pass. Further, once you are fully funded and have the necessary funds in your reserves, you no longer will procrastinate in doing what is needed in your association.


The question is, will you take the steps now or wait till later? 

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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.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit or call 1-800-977-6279

Doral Office: 8200 NW 41st ST

Suite 200

Doral, FL 33166

Broward Office: 150 S Pine Island RD Suite 300

Plantation, FL 33324

O: 800-977-6279 ● F: 305-325-4053

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