November 24, 2017
I HAVE LOTS OF REASONS TO BE THANKFUL FOR!
I have a Sweetheart for a WIFE – who is making me very happy.
And we have four kids (they are actually cats) who create lots
of havoc in our home. But they know how to be cute. During
daytime they function as my office helpers – but are mostly
asleep. They must have been government workers in their former
lives. JUST KIDDING!
In all reality I am thankful that I live no longer in a HOA. I
have some nice neighbors who are not running around distributing
violation notices. They actually watch our home if we are not
there. On the other side of the property is a big meadow with
friendly cows. FRIENDLY AND PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOOD
– without stupid rules! And none of our neighbors painted his
house pink with green polka-dots!
Isn’t that plenty to be thankful for?
Believe me, I can understand some of the folks who posted
already comments under this week’s blogs. Let’s face it: Not all
board members are good and not all are evil. Many of the board
members are trying very hard to manage their community to the
best of their knowledge. And association members should be very
thankful that these folks are willing to serve in the best
interest of their neighbors.
Others are meaning well, but are ill equipped to do a good job
due to their lack of basic knowledge. Remember: An association
is a business – and not everybody knows how to run a successful
Yes, some have their private agendas and are ignoring laws and
rules with the help of some nasty attorneys who love to “create”
lawsuits in order to boost their income.
So: I hope you all enjoyed your turkey – or whatever festive
meal you had – and are having a great time.
There is always lots to be THANKFUL for – it’s all
about positive thinking!
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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