Bo­gen’s [re]so­lu­tions for a Happy HOA NewYear

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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, also is 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 ques­tion, email it to col­umn@Con­doLaw.com. How long in real es­tate: 26 years What made you get into real es­tate? A de­sire to run my own business while en­gag­ing the pub­lic to ful­fill their goal of find­ing the per­fect home. What sep­a­rates you from other Real­tors? A de­sire to make ev­ery trans­ac­tion the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery client. At DND As­so­ciates our business is about de­vel­op­ing per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and re­fer­rals. I also have an ac­count­ing back­ground so I keep a num­bers per­spec­tive with all of our clients. Which neigh­bor­hoods/ ar­eas are your spe­cialty? Typ­i­cally from At­lantic Boule­vard to Har­bor Beach, along the In­tra­coastal and the beach. How­ever, our team works in many other com­mu­ni­ties and speaks mul­ti­ple lan­guages.

De­scribe your work­ing My fa­ther,

Mark Bo­gen, who spent sev­eral years as the pre­vi­ous au­thor of this col­umn, started his New Year’s col­umn each year with the fol­low­ing tips for those in­volved in com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion liv­ing:

After writ­ing about Florida condo law for the past [sev­eral years], my an­nual New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions to all unit own­ers, man­agers and board mem­bers is my fa­vorite col­umn. Some­times Florida Con­do­minium Law and Chap­ter 718 of the Florida Statutes need to be put aside for some common sense [re] so­lu­tions.

I hope you will agree with some of the fol­low­ing New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions:

For those board mem­bers and man­agers who spend their time look­ing for unit owner vi­o­la­tions— get a life.

Try say­ing “thank you” to those board mem­bers who vol­un­teer their time. style: Per­sonal, high at­ten­tion to de­tail and goal ori­ented. We are avail­able seven days a week. What ad­vice do you have for buy­ers? With the mar­ket changes in the last few years, we are def­i­nitely in a seller’s mar­ket. Over­all, the mar­ket is strong and is ex­pected to re­main at th­ese lev­els. If you have de­cided to buy a home now is the time. What ad­vice do you have for sell­ers? If you have been wait­ing to re­lo­cate as the mar­ket had been slow, now is a good time to sell your home. Up­dated homes are sell­ing quickly and at great prices. How does what you’ve learned about real es­tate help your clients? My ex­pe­ri­ence has pro­vided a great depth of knowl­edge about the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. We are less emo­tional about the ac­tual pur­chase or sale and are able to

If you think things are so bad, vol­un­teer your time and help out.

Be­fore run­ning to a lawyer, try work­ing it out—it’s cheaper.

The man­age­ment company takes di­rec­tion from the board, not the own­ers.

To the one owner who al­ways has to speak at ev­ery meet­ing— please zip it.

To the board mem­ber who thinks he or she can do what­ever you want—vote him or her out.

Be­fore sign­ing a con­tract—let your at­tor­ney re­view it.

Rules and Gov­ern­ing Doc­u­ments are not meant to be bro­ken.

If you do not like fol­low­ing rules—do not live in an as­so­ci­a­tion.

If you do not like your neigh­bor or fel­low owner—can you pre­tend to?

To the ven­dors who want you to sign a con­tract im­me­di­ately—just say goodbye. point out the log­i­cal, business side of buy­ing or sell­ing a prop­erty. This will pro­vide a level and suc­cess­ful trans­ac­tion for both buyer and the seller. What pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ment makes you the most proud? My ap­point­ment to Vice Pres­i­dent, Bro­ker at ONE Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty. Are you in­volved in any char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions? Through ONE Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty we have re­la­tion­ships with Women in Dis­tress in Broward 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

To those who like loud mu­sic and TV—shut your win­dows and get head­phones.

To smok­ers who smoke in their units—shut your win­dows.

Be­fore you de­fame some­one— make sure you are pre­pared to be sued.

Don’t just ask a ven­dor for ref­er­ences—call some of them.

To the per­son who al­ways dis­rupts a meet­ing—give it a rest.

If you are speak­ing for more than 5 min­utes—ask your­self if any­one cares.

To the “Condo Com­mando”—you need to be re­called, kicked off the board.

If you came to Florida to re­tire— try act­ing like it.

If an owner is violating the Gov­ern­ing Doc­u­ments—try first send­ing a nice let­ter rather than one from an at­tor­ney.

To those own­ers who think County and Lo­tus House in Dade County. DND As­so­ciates has work­ing re­la­tion­ships with PAWS and Fund­ing Arts Broward (FAB!) What’s one thing peo­ple would be sur­prised to know about you? As a child, I lived in Ja­pan. I have also trav­eled to 50-plus coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries, and I hope to visit many more. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion: (954) 592-2277, DNDFlori­daHomes­bytheSea.com or ONESothe­bysRealty. 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 ev­ery­one on the board is get­ting a kick­back—just ad­mit it that you want a piece of the pie.

To the owner who thinks he or she can do what­ever they want— move back up North where you came from.

To the board mem­ber who will not let unit own­ers see the of­fi­cial records—sooner or later you will get caught.

To the board mem­ber who uses as­so­ci­a­tion money for their own per­sonal use—get used to liv­ing be­hind bars.

A man­ager works for the board, not as your per­sonal slave.

When you are rudely com­plain­ing to the as­so­ci­a­tion man­ager, do you know what he or she is think­ing about you while you are talk­ing?

Re­mem­ber, some­times the way you say it is more im­por­tant than what you say!

Wish­ing you a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2015!

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