FAN's Featured Blog Post
The 2014 Florida Communities of Excellence Award Winners
posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, May 6, 2014
The winners of the 2014 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards were announced on May 2nd at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. These awards are the only recognition program for community associations throughout Florida. Read more
Industry News and Articles
Keep in mind that some of the articles are directed toward HOAs or condos specifically, but most can be applied to all types of community associations.
Should your Community Seek FHA Certification?
posted by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq., May 25, 2014
FHA Certification does two things for a community association and its members: it allows residents to obtain a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and it opens up the pool of eligible homebuyers who are seeking FHA-backed loans when purchasing their home. Read more
Who is Responsible for this Project?
posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, May 12, 2014
The idea of a $500,000+ concrete restoration project may sound daunting to a new, or experienced board member. These projects are well known for running over, for a lot of reasons. What about an end-of-life roof replacement, or major upgrades to your water tower and/or cooling system? These are very complex projects that need to be properly scoped, planned, financed and managed. Read more
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 22, 2014
Condo & HOA Board Meetings and Videoconferencing
The Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act generally allows directors to participate in board meetings through the use of any means of communication by which all directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting, unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws otherwise provide. Read more
Board Members Behaving Badly! What is that Word Wednesdays – Code of Conduct
posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, May 28, 2014
People have different ideas about what is considered “appropriate behavior” for community association board members. Unfortunately, these disagreements in style and approach can create a lot of tension on boards and among the board, management staff and owners, leading to accusations. Read more
What is that Word Wednesdays – Governing Documents, AKA Association Documents
posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, May 7, 2014
When you buy a home in a condo or homeowners association you will receive a set of the “governing documents” of the association, and part of the paperwork that you sign includes an agreement to abide by these documents and pay the association fees. Read more
posted by Roberto Blanch, Florida HOA Lawyer Blog, May 28, 2014
Preserving HOA Covenants and Restrictions Under the Florida Marketable Record Titles Act
Even though it has been in place for decades, many homeowners association directors are unaware of the requirements under the Florida Marketable Record Titles Act (MRTA) for HOAs to reaffirm and renew their covenants and restrictions 30 years after they were originally recorded in the local county records. Read more
What is that Word Wednesdays: Property Manager – 7 Critical Attributes of an Effective Property Manager
posted by Dan Tiernan, COO, Campbell Property Management, May 15, 2014
Instead of answering “What is a Property Manager?” I think it is more important to understand what makes a good Property Manager. Regardless of the Condo or HOA, I believe the following to be critical attributes of an effective Property Manager. Read more
posted by Joseph Adams, Florida Condo & HOA Law Blog, May 23, 2014
HOA & Condo Bulk Cable Expenses Can Be Allocated Equally
Section 718.115(1)(d) of the Florida Condominium Act states that the cost of “communication services”, “information services” or “Internet services” obtained pursuant to a bulk contract is a common expense if so provided in the declaration. Read more
Meet the Director - Mitch Katz
posted by Ashley Dietz, Marketing Director, Campbell Property Management, May 29, 2014
Mitch Katz is the President of Bexley Park HOA, a community of 264 single-family homes and townhouses located in Delray Beach, Florida. Mitch grew up in Florida and works in marketing and business development in the higher education industry. Read more
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