Michael Bogen devotes his legal practice to representing hundreds of condominium and homeowner associations. Bogen, who is admitted to practice law in Florida, Washington, D.C., and Nevada, is also admitted before the United States District Court in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Michael Bogen is assistant executive director of the Condo Council, which provides education to over 1,000 association members. If you have a related question, please send your emails to email@example.com.
19 condos! It’s been great ever since. What separates you from other Realtors? Anyone that knows me will tell you I amcompletely passionate about real estate. What makes me unique is that I harness the power of Internet marketing and combine that with networking, creative and comprehensive marketing and a connection with people that results in satisfied sellers and buyers. Which neighborhoods/ areas are your specialties? High-end luxury ismy specialty, whether it is a single-family home or luxury condo/penthouse. Properties that are on the water or in proximity to the water all along the southeast coast of Florida from Miami to Vero Beach and any high-end inland areas, such as Coral Gables andWeston, are the areas that I specialize in. The quality of the home attracts my attention and the attention of my client base. Describe your working style: I never stop. I wake up thinking about my clients and properties and work until it is time to sleep. Everything I do and everywhere I go is about my work and my business. I find opportunity everywhere that benefits my clients. That’smy job. What advice do you have for buyers? Figure out what you want in the property—is it to entertain, is it comfort, are there amenities you just must have, how will you use the property? The more a buyer knows about what they want, the better the opportunity that they will ultimately find what they are looking for in a property. What advice do you have for sellers? Not all Realtors are alike. Not all companies are alike. Be sure you know how your Realtor works—look at their photography, videography and how they showcase your home. Today, it’s also heavily about the Internet. Be sure you know their SEO program How does what you’ve learned about real estate help your clients? My clients tend to be very successful in their respective businesses/fields. I amable to educate them specifically on what it will take to achieve their real estate elected or appointed position due to his involvement in a lawsuit against the Association. However, when the board must discuss or vote on issues concerning the lawsuit, the new director must excuse himself from the discussion and vote. In our condo association, each unit comes with two parking spaces. Recently, a unit owner sold one of his parking spaces to another unit owner. Shortly thereafter, the unit owner who sold his parking space also sold his unit and the incoming new unit owner only had one parking space since the second parking space now belongs to another unit owner. Is the new unit owner able to get the second parking space back from the unit owner who was sold the second parking space? objectives. I stay on the cutting edge to be able to provide them the information they need to make good decisions. What’s the hottest listing you have right now? All of my listings are spectacular. I have the second-highest listing in the U.S., a beautiful historic property in the Grove and the largest penthouse on Miami Beach. They are all different and stunning in their own right. What professional accomplishment makes you the most proud? Being No. 1 inmy field is always my goal. I amNo. 1 for my company in Southeast Florida, which means I amthe best. That is good for me and my clients. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER ADVERTISING DESIGNER SPECIAL SECTIONS WRITER SENIOR SALES MANAGER REAL ESTATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Broward and Palm Beach Counties Dade County & Out of Area Generally, the parking spaces in a condo association are considered limited common elements. Even though it is deemed to be a “limited” common element, do not differentiate the “limited” common elements from common elements in this regard. The parking space is still part of the common elements whether it is “limited” or not. A unit owner may not sell part of the (limited) common elements. In most cases, a unit owner may allow another owner to use his parking space; however, the sale of the parking space is generally prohibited. Each association’s governing documents differ and therefore this answer is only a general answer. Our board has decided to spend a total of $50,000 to install a new playground in our HOA. Our docs state that the board may not spend more than Are you involved in any charitable organizations? My company has a foundation that supports multiple foundations. I find that if I support them, they have the ability to support so many different charities from providing housing, to medical causes, education and others. What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I amavery strong, focused, passionate person, but I amalso very intuitive and quite sensitive. It’s an unusual combination. Contact information: William PD Pierce, (954) 648-3131, email William@PerfectPropertyPurchases. com GARRETT A. FOSTER DEBBY DOCHERTY TRACY KOLODY MICHAEL D. ROSS CHRIS CONNOLLY MARIA SALES 954-425-1642 954-425-1029 954-425-1695 954-425-1234 954-425-1517 954-425-1640 An owner is currently in the middle of suing the Association. The funny thing is that the owner just became a board member. May an owner who is currently involved in litigation with the Association become a board member? Generally, yes. The most common reasons for a person to be ineligible to become a director on the board for the Association is when a person is delinquent in any monetary obligation to the Association, the person has been convicted of a felony and has not had their civil rights restored for at least five years, or has been removed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (a Florida state agency) from being a director in the past. The person who has recently become a director may not be refused his $25,000 in capital improvements for a single item or purpose without a vote of a majority of the owners. However, our board has decided to make two payments of $25,000 to get around the owner vote. Is this legal? I would have to review your association’s governing documents to give you an accurate answer. Assuming your documents state that the board must obtain owner approval if the association will be spending more than $25,000 for a capital improvement and it also states “for a single item or purpose,” I would likely argue that the playground is a “single purpose” no matter how many payments are made and that the board must obtain an owner vote. This is a very general answer and you should consult a community association attorney for further information.