By Rafael Aquino

Published September 22, 2021  


While no two associations are alike, association living comes with many benefits. In most cases, owners will benefit from the following:

  1. Increased Community Engagement & Pride

  2. Access to Amenities you may not have had outside of an association.

  3. Increased property values

  4. Architectural Controls

  5. Rules & Regulations to deter Nuisance Activity

  6. Well-Maintained Common Area & Amenities

Some of the drawbacks of living in an association are:

  1. Assessments or Special Assessments - Having things maintained on your behalf comes at a cost.

  2. Violations / Deed Restrictions - While a benefit, it can also be a drawback. If you violate any of the restrictions, you should find yourself paying penalties.

  3. Mismanagement - Not having proper leadership from a Board or a management company can create havoc; however, this could quickly be remedied with a change of both or either.

The benefits of living in an association outweigh the drawbacks. If you feel this way in your community, make sure you applaud leadership (Board/Management) for their superb job. If you don't, it may be time to create change in your community. As JFK once said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss 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.

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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