2022

 

THE FINAL STRETCH

By Rafael Aquino

Published November 30, 2022  

Today marks the last day of November. Many of you are probably wondering where the year went and how things ...

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EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 28, 2022

I have heard lots of excuses over the years about so many different things.  Here’s a few that simply don’t work: ...

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DO WE HAVE MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR?

By Jan Bergemann

Published November 18, 2022

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am normally very much into positive thinking, but this year ...

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LET’S SPREAD SOME JOY

By Rafael Aquino

Published November 23, 2022  

I'm going to jump on the bandwagon with Eric. Many community leaders, Board members, and committees deserve ...

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THANKSGIVING: SO WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 21, 2022

This might be tough for many of you.  Food prices are high. Gasoline prices are high.  Interest rates have stymied the real ...
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WHERE WILL THE FLORIDA CONDO MARKET GO?

By Jan Bergemann

Published November 18, 2022

The forecast for condo sales is definitely not very “rosy”! Inflation, outrageous high interest-rates, seriously increasing ...

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DON'T GO AT IT ALONE…

By Rafael Aquino

Published November 16, 2022  

Most readers would agree that it was a proud moment to see Eric in the 60 minutes interview. Eric has been an advocate...

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SO WHERE WILL PRICES GO?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 14, 2022

I think last night’s 60 Minutes episode made it clear that for some, living in their condominium unit may simply become...

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FINANCIAL HARDSHIP?

By Jan Bergemann

Published November 11, 2022

As predicted the new provisions for condos, enacted by the Florida legislature in a recent special session, is creating ...

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 SOLUTIONS ORIENTED APPROACH

By Rafael Aquino

Published November 9, 2022  

The next few years will be very interesting for condominiums with limited or no reserves. While I'm sure ...

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DEVELOPERS ARE ON THE PROWL

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 7, 2022

I’m already hearing stories of developers making low ball offers to owners in high rise condominium buildings, ...

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DO WE REALLY WANT UCOIA?

By Jan Bergemann

Published November 4, 2022

Already during the meetings of the HOA TASK FORCE (2003-2004) the UNIFORM COMMON INTEREST ...

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I’M VERY CONCERNED

By Rafael Aquino

Published November 2, 2022  

As the budget season comes to an end, I'm getting very concerned with what I've heard about condo boards and ...

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WHY THE DIFFERENCES?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 31, 2022

At a time when it would make sense for the condo and HOA laws to become easier to learn, they are becoming harder. ...

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OVERBUILDING – WITH NO INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 28, 2022

In order to create more and more property taxes – in order to have more money to waste for stupid programs, county and...

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STAY STAGNANT?

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 26, 2022  

I'm always torn between further development or keeping things as is. Keeping a city, the way it was initially built ...

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HAVEN’T WE BUILT ENOUGH?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 24, 2022

This is definitely not the same Florida that it was even when I moved here in 1989.  And it really isn’t the same Florida...

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RENTAL RESTRICTIONS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 21, 2022

Many associations scramble to create rental restrictions, especially since many owners discovered that short-term ...

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WHY THE DIFFERENCE?

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 19, 2022  

While HOAs and Condo have many distinctions, they have many similarities. For years, Jan, Eric, and I have advocated ...

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CAN YOUR ASSOCIATION PROHIBIT OR LIMIT RENTING? PART TWO

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 17, 2022

So last week we spoke about how a condominium may pass amendments to the declaration which would in effect limit...

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MEETINGS ON LOCATION

By Jan Bergemann

Published October 14, 2022

Even our senile President declared that “the Pandemic is officially over” (even if the Press Secretary later on stated ...

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MINIMIZING MEETING MAYHEM

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 12, 2022  

For many people, meetings are a fact of life. Whether it’s a board or member meeting here in our association, a ...

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AN HONEST PERSONAL UPDATE

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 10, 2022

Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. I just spent a week in the hospital --- again with kidney stone ...

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
By Jan Bergemann
Published October 7, 2022
The phrase “Knowledge is Power” was already created in the 16th Century by Sir Francis Bacon – and it is still valid...
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SOMBERING MOOD….

By Rafael Aquino

Published October 5, 2022  

It's been almost a week since Hurricane Ian hit land fall and rescue operations are still in full force. When looking at ...

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IF THERE EVER WAS A TIME TO GET EDUCATED

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 3, 2022

In light of the tragedy at The Champlain Towers in Surfside last year, The Florida Legislature, to its credit, passed ...

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RIGHT TO RENT?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 30, 2022

In the case of Woodside v. Jahren I honestly believe that the Supreme Court got it all wrong. And Mr. Jahren wasn't the ...

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WHAT GIVES THE ASSOCIATION THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO?

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 28, 2022  

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you ...

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CAN YOUR ASSOCIATION PROHIBIT OR LIMIT RENTING?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 26, 2022

I am getting swamped lately with requests from both condos and HOAs as to how to limit the number of homes or units ...

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TOTAL LACK OF INFORMATION – AND RESERVE FUNDS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 23, 2022

I don’t think that anybody ever believed that CAMs or even attorneys are in the “INFORMATION BUSINESS”. It’s not ...

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7 EXPERT TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUDGET SEASON  

By Rafael Aquino

Published September 21, 2022  

Creating a budget is essential for the overall health of a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or condominium ...

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A PERSONAL LETDOWN

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published September 19, 2022

So this week, my mom asks me to attend her Board meeting because the agenda says they will speak about the budget ...

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MANDATORY RESERVE FUNDS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published September 16, 2022

The discussion about creating mandatory reserve funds for condos and HOAS has been a hot topic in many town hall ...

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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

 

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.



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 www.ManagedByAffinity.com or call 1-800-977-6279.


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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !