By Rafael Aquino

Published November 6, 2019  


As Eric mentioned on Monday, certain HOA docs do have language that requires new owners to contribute to the purchase of their home. However, too many times, Board members believe this provision only applied during the initial purchase of the property.


At Affinity, every time we take on a new HOA, we read the documents to understand what's allowed and what isn't allowed; however, we also look for the provision that provides for such contribution. If we find such language, we immediately ask for the opinion of the association's attorney confirming we can charge such fees to new owners. By taking this proactive approach, we’ve helped several clients realize additional income they had been missing out on for years.


On average, most associations will see anywhere between 8% - 15% of the homes sell each year. If your association has three hundred units, 15% turned over each year, and the contribution is $350, you’d be missing out on about $13,500 per year, every year. 


If you haven't read your docs lately, make sure you do so immediately.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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