By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published November 19, 2012


            Thanksgiving is just three days away.  Even with the "fiscal cliff" looming over our heads, unemployment still too high and Florida leading the nation in the number of foreclosures, surely there must be some things that those of us who live in condominiums or HOAs can be thankful for.  Here's a few:


  1. By all accounts, real estate prices are on the rebound.  Prices are going up.  Just think, at this rate soon people will again be buying homes they can't afford.

  1. Another year without a hurricane.  Certainly this should make our insurance rates go down.  Not.

  1. The election is finally over.  No more endless commercials about which political party will make the life of Americans better.  Back to concentrating on mindless reality TV shows with fewer commercial interruptions.

  1. If you live in a condominium --- at least this year The Florida Legislature didn't take away your ability to sue your developer for defects.  Of course this doesn't apply to people who live in HOAs.

  1. With fewer and fewer people moving to Florida than in years past, lines at your favorite stores should be shorter.  Assuming that the store hasn't already gone out of business.  I'll pay cash for a Twinkie!

  1. While numerous Board members around the state were arrested for stealing funds, your association may not have been a victim.  Too often.

  1. Despite being foreclosed on by the bank three years ago, you've managed to stay in your condo or HOA another year without paying your mortgage.

  1. Your annoying out of state relatives are about to pay you a holiday visit and tell you how lucky you are that you live in Florida .

  1. The same relatives may be back for Christmas and New Years.  (Please make sure you register them with the condo and HOA security team 30 days in advance or they will be towed, regardless of whether or not they have a car.)

  1. You could still be living in the northeast without electricity and therefore unable to access this incredibly informative blog.

As you can see, I'm kind of a glass is half full guy.  So much to be thankful for that you can hardly wait to see what 2013 will bring us.   Regardless of what lies ahead, I wish all of you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He is currently entering his 20th year as a Florida lawyer practicing

community association law and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. an eight attorney law firm in Orlando and Hollywood For the past two years Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show 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 2,500 Floridians. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Finally, he recently argued the Cohn v. Grand Condominium case before The Florida Supreme Court, which is perhaps the single most important association law case decided by the court in a decade. 

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