Bureaucratic Bulls@:*!!!

By Darlys Walker

Published July 1, 2015

The passing of the recent bill allowing “online voting” is absolutely crazy and a waste of time in that Florida Legislators could have been ...

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VOTING BY COMPUTER --- LET THE GAMES BEGIN

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 29, 2015

You have all heard the saying “If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.”  Apparently, The Florida Legislature overlooked this concept when it recently ...

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IT’S NOT GENDER – IT’S BUSINESS SAVVY!

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 26, 2015

All these days – like Father’s Day – are nice, but have in recent years been turned into a money-pit. Congrats to all fathers – you deserve ...

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LIFE LESSON COUNT

By Darlys Walker

Published June 24, 2015

Male, Female, Black, White, Jewish, Christian. There are good and bad people with all types of backgrounds. It’s your life experiences ...

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WHO MAKES BETTER BOARD MEMBERS, MEN OR WOMEN?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 22, 2015

Happy belated Father’s Day to all of the fathers out there who are reading the blog today.  I hope yesterday was filled with fun and joy ...

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TO BE CONTINUED: THE FIGHT BETWEEN LAWYERS AND CAMS!

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 19, 2015

I may sound like a TV station: Repeats, repeats – and more repeats! And I can only repeat: The fight between lawyers and CAMs is all about ...

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LESSON WELL LEARNED

By Darlys Walker

Published June 17, 2015

Many people, especially our devoted leaders, can attest that I am full of opinions and advise on many topics. However, the most ...

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CAN A C.A.M. CERTIFY A DIRECTOR?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 15, 2015 

Certain issues are more near and dear to my heart than others.  This is one of those issues. For those of you that have ever attended a ...

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IS NOT REWRITING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS SAVING MONEY?

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 12, 2015

I guess the WESTWOOD GARDENS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. in Palm Beach Gardens found out the hard way that ...

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Let’s Change It!

By Darlys Walker

Published June 10, 2015

If your documents don‘t contain the phrase, “As amended from time to time”, who and how should the amendment process occur? While ...

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HOW ONE ASSOCIATION LOST BIG BY FAILING TO UPDATE THEIR DOCS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 8, 2015

Every now and then, the courts of our state issue an opinion in a case involving a condo or HOA that is very important and certainly worth...

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CONTRACTS FOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES; IN WRITING; BIDS; EXCEPTIONS

By Jan Bergemann

Published June 5, 2015

The provisions in the HOA ACT – that’s how FS 720 will be officially called effective July 1, 2015 – were created in 2004 – as a part ...

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What’s the Question?

By Darlys Walker

Published June 3, 2015

During the past 90 days we have received 15 Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for management services. I have been flabbergasted at some ...

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THE FALLACY OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published June 1, 2015

Sometimes the exceptions to the rule swallow the rule, rendering the rule virtually meaningless. Mandatory competitive bidding is a fine ...

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THE FIGHT OVER MONEY – OR ATTORNEYS VS. CAMS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 30, 2015

Since many years the CAMS are trying to get a bigger piece of the apple – also called money! Let’s make no mistake, this fight is not ...

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FLORIDA, A STATE OF CONFUSION.

By Darlys Walker

Published May 27, 2015

After carefully reading Eric’s summation of the Florida Supreme Court’s finding upholding the 1996 decision on what CAM’s may or may not ...

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THE LAWYERS V. THE MANAGERS --- SO WHO WON?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 25, 2015

The long awaited decision by The Florida Supreme Court is finally in regarding what a licensed community association can do, without ...

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DEFEND YOUR FUNDS!

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 23, 2015

Too many board members just don’t keep an eye on the money and allow the management company to run the financial show. The result: Ugly ...

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CHECKS AND BALANCES

By Darlys Walker

Published May 20, 2015

There is nothing that infuriates me more than CAM’s who steal. Without a doubt they should be put in jail and the key thrown away! ...

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CHECK YOUR CHECKS

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 18, 2015

Many of you may have seen the news again this week concerning allegations that another licensed community association manager ...

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MOTHER’S DAY AND HOAS?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 15, 2015

I spent this year’s Mother’s Day with my Mom in Hamburg, Germany. We drove to a pretty famous CAFÉ at the river Elbe, famous for ...

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NOT YOUR MOTHER. NOT YOUR FATHER. NOT YOUR CHECKBOOK

By Darlys Walker

Published May 13, 2015

It seems that often times Board members in Florida take their Board position far too serious. Don’t get me wrong, serving on an Association ...

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MEMORIES OF MOTHER’S DAYS PAST

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 11, 2015

A happy and healthy belated Mother’s Day to every mother reading today’s blog.  Many of you already know that I grew up in a ....

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WHO PROTECTS WHOM?

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 8, 2015

There is absolutely no protection for owners of properties in mandatory homeowners’ associations regulated by Florida Statutes 720...

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Follow the Golden Rule

By Darlys Walker

Published May 6, 2015

I want to thank Eric for standing his ground with his poignant opinion of the Florida Association Industry! I could not agree more! As a ....

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WHO TO TURN TO FOR HELP

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 4, 2015

My column two weeks ago regarding the estoppel fee bill and what has happened since, has proven a point made long ago by ...

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NO RESERVE FUNDS? YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME!

By Jan Bergemann

Published May 1, 2015

In recent weeks we hear more and more horror stories about owners unable to pay huge special assessments – caused by the total lack of reserve ...

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Saving for a Rainy Day

By Darlys Walker

Published April 29, 2015

It's annual budget time and once again the unit owners vote to waive reserves. Yay! This means lower monthly assessment payments. Okay, ...

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DID YOU CORRECTLY WAIVE YOUR RESERVES?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 27, 2015

As the weather begins heating up, our thoughts inevitably turn to the hurricane season that we deal with each and every year.  Associations ...

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GREED SURPASSES KNOWLEDGE!

By Jan Bergemann  

Published April 24, 2015

Some service providers – attorneys and CAMs – are going crazy over a bill that is working its way through the Florida legislature.  S 736 ...

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NO GRAY AREAS

By Darlys Walker

Published April 22, 2015

It really does seem that this is a silly issue to cause so much chaos and debate. Let’s look at who the parties are that are fighting this bill! Could ...

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THE FIGHT FOR EVEN MORE OF YOUR MONEY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 20, 2015

This year’s legislative session is boring to say the least, when it comes to pending community association legislation.  There is one bill ...

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LEGAL THEFT?

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 17, 2015

We are permanently hearing stories about embezzlement and fraud in Florida’s community associations.  But how about this: Our legislature ...

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FOX IN THE HEN HOUSE

By Darlys Walker

Published April 15, 2015

We’ve all heard the saying; “You don’t leave the fox in the hen house to watch the hen, because, who is watching the fox”? So why is the state ...

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CONDO OWNERS – YOU SHOULD BE OUTRAGED

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 13, 2015

We often times blog about how a Board member or a manager stole a few thousand dollars from the association and how they should ...

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 10, 2015

As our CCFJ Foundation website says: “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!” Make no mistake: Being the board member of a ...

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WHAT IF?

By Darlys Walker

Published April 8, 2015

What if we lived in a world where you could become a Heart Surgeon simply by signing a piece of paper stating you have met all of the ...

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BOARD MEMBER APATHY

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published April 6, 2015

It seems like no matter how early, or on what day of the week we hold our Board Certification seminars for both condominium and ...

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FIGHTING OVER NONSENSE!

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 3, 2015

To be really honest: The Florida legislators are doing anything but trying to enact bills that will help their constituents. They fight over ...

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YET AGAIN. GOVERNMENT AT IT’S BEST!

By Darlys Walker

Published April 1, 2015

Ha Ha, what a joke! Our elected officials continue to make a mockery out of their responsibilities. Who hasn’t heard of Illinois Representative ...

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HALSEY WHO?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 30, 2015

In this week’s blog we talked again about the rise in condo and HOA crime.  It’s escalating and people are tired of it.  The number of ...

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FRAUD AND EMBEZZLEMENT? A DAILY OCCURRENCE IN FLORIDA’S COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS!

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 27, 2015      

In recent weeks we can read or watch in the News nearly daily reports about fraud and embezzlement in Florida;s community associations...

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EDUCATION IS THE KEY

By Darlys Walker

Published March 25, 2015

We certainly are seeing more and more accusations of misappropriation of Association funds these days. Which by the way is just a ...

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ASSOCIATION CRIME IS ON THE RISE?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published March 23, 2015

We certainly blogged in the past about Board members and managers getting arrested for stealing association funds. I’m on record as ...

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REMEMBER: WHEN YOU BOUGHT YOUR CONDO, YOU MORE OR LESS ONLY BOUGHT AIR -- AND WALLPAPER?

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 20, 2015

Many condo owners seem to forget that most all of the unit they are living in belongs really to the association, even if it is considered ...

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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 more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

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

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 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.


Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real  

state management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as large mixed-use developments.  

 

   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.

  

   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  

 

   Her clients say it best: "Darlys really knows her stuff" ... "at the top of her profession and it shows in the caliber of her clients" ... "delivers quality resources that match up well with needs and expectations that are really rigorous."  

 

   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia.

  

   Darlys Walker and her team have been selected to manage the condominium conversion process and day-to-day operations for many of the Southeast's most high-profile condominium communities including luxury high-rises, mid-rises and garden-style homes. Most recently she has been recognized as an expert in 're-versions' of communities from condominiums to leased homes, as well as repositioning projects. A visionary and a tireless perfectionist, Darlys demonstrates hands-on leadership, working individually with each client and staff associate to achieve defined business outcomes and satisfaction.  

  For more information about Darlys Walker and Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. please visit www.condominiumconcepts.com.

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 !