By Jan Bergemann

Published August 23, 2019


Even if these seminars are called “Board Member Certification Seminars” – every owner should attend these classes in my opinion.


For most of us buying a home or Condo is the biggest investment of our lives.


Shouldn’t we all just be interested to protect this big investment?

But how can you protect your investment if you don’t even know the basic rules and Florida statutes that regulate the community you bought into?


Remember: When buying into a community association you put your – and your family’s – financial welfare in the hands of people you barely know. No matter what you have been told: Your community is a business, and like every other business the financial welfare depends on the decisions of the leadership -- n this case: The Board of Directors!


Don’t rely on the false advertising used by the community association industry. There is no “EASY LIVING” and “PROTECTING PROPERTY VALUES”. It’s important that you participate and see to it that your property values are really protected.


But unlike in regular businesses where you have a professional well-trained leadership running the show, you are dealing in community associations often with untrained board members you have no business experience whatsoever. That often leads to serious mistakes you are paying for.


That makes it – in my opinion – even more important for you to learn the basics about running and managing your community association,


Closing the door, not wanting to get “involved” in the association politics, can be very detrimental to your personal finances and the welfare of your family.


So, don’t wait until you get a letter in the mail telling you to pay a “special assessment” – for whatever reason – within 30 days, creating havoc for your and your family’s finances.

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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 !

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