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Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

With the housing market in a slum for the last several years, many homeowners have not only lost equity in their homes, but have flipped their investments upside down!

  These homeowners ended up owing more on their mortgages then the valuation of their properties, which cripples such owners’ abilities to refinance or sell their homes in order to pay-off the first mortgage....

Written By David A. Firmin | Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | State Legislation

As expected, with less than 24 hours left in the legislative session, the remainder of the HOA bills that were being debated all passed out of the legislature and moved on to the Governor and are all expected to be signed.

The bills include:

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Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

The Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law has released its proposed advisory opinion.  As we reported on a prior...

Written By David A. Firmin | Monday, May 6, 2013 | State Legislation

SB13-183 finally cleared its last hurdle on May 2 and now only awaits the governor’s signature.  The provisions of the bill modify the existing xeriscape statute, which appears at CRS 37-60-126.  The bill, as finally approved, prohibits an...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, April 26, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

In an interesting blog written by David Swedelson, an experienced community association attorney in California, he discusses a recent New York Times article which said that neighborhood nuisances, like overgrown yards or a persistent odor, could bring down the value of adjacent homes by 5-10%. ...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day -- a day to thank those that provide us administrative support in the workplace and make our lives easier.  We also have Veteran’s Day, Mother’s Day, Bosses Day and the list goes on and on with days designed to thank and remember those that “give” to us.  Maybe it is time for an HOA Volunteer Day?  A day set aside to thank those that volunteer in...

Written By David A. Firmin | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

As many condominium associations across the nation have come to realize, seeking FHA certification is not an easy task.  The amount of information required by the FHA can be staggering.  Add to this the cost of obtaining certification, and the ongoing issues with varying interpretations of FHA requirements, it’s no wonder many associations have decided to forego obtaining certification. ...

Written By David A. Firmin | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | State Legislation

As the legislative session winds down, two more bills were quickly approved by the Senate and House and sent to the Governor for signature.  SB 13-126 The bill that removes unreasonable restrictions on electric car charges and...

Written By David A. Firmin | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | State Legislation

One of the major bills being debated this year, HB13-1277, promises to become as famous in the HOA circles as SB 05-100 and SB 06-89.  This bill represents a major change in how community associations are perceived and managed.  So what does...

Written By Ashley Nichols | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

If you are following our ProjectRUN blog, you already know that our firm promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.  We have several members of our firm that use standing desks, some who grow their own organic vegetables, and others that enjoy being outside at every opportunity.  Recently, I came across an...

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