“We Stand United”, Hardly!

By Darlys Walker

Published May 29, 2013


As Americans we stand proud. We love to show our patriotism. During the recent bombings in Boston, Americans united. During the recent disaster in Moore, Oklahoma, we saw Americans displaying our flag amidst ALL of the destruction. One of the most poignant photographs taken after September 11th was the American flag proudly displayed, at the remains of the World Trade Center, as a claim to the world that “WE STAND UNITED”!

So why is it that displaying this awesome symbol of freedom insights so many negative reactions and pits neighbor against neighbor in Condominium Communities and even in Homeowners Associations.

Over the years I’ve witnessed heated debates on whether to allow or disallow these patriotic displays. I’ve come to the opinion that in most cases it is about control and conformity.

As a country, we have seen our veterans return home to be treated with distance and disgrace. WHY IS THIS? It’s because we can’t all agree on the justification of the war. We can’t agree on much of anything really. There are those who believe we should “live and let live” and those who believe” rules are rules” and should never be broken.

So I ask, do we really need laws that permit the displaying of flags and patriotic symbols?

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Darlys Walker

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.  

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