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Technologies can enhance community association efficiency, productivity

By: Heather Karamitsos - June 3, 2019

 
No one can accuse community association managers or their accounting teams of being lazy. Managing requests from thousands of homeowners in the communities they serve can leave these employees..
 

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3 Top Interior Designers Share the Rules They Always Break

By: Hadley Keller - June 3, 2019

 
Readers of House Beautiful expecting strict guidelines on decorating may be surprised to learn that most designers do not, in fact, advocate following any one strict set of design rules. After all, the best creative endeavors usually come from...
 

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Legislative Session Update – What You Need to Know

By: Jonathan Goldstein - May 2, 2019

Various bills that could dramatically affect Florida associations are presently under consideration during the current legislative session. The list below highlights some of the proposed legislative changes. This list is not exhaustive of all pending bills or provisions impacting associations...
 

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8 Home Hazards—and How to Mitigate Them

By: Marisa Villareal - May 2, 2019

 
More things trouble homeowners than what goes “bump in the night.” Here are eight dangerous problems you'll want to avoid—or swiftly remedy.
   
 

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8th Annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest

By: 8th Annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest - May 2, 2019

 

Old School Square invites you to craft the perfect 21+ night out in Delray Beach at the 8th Annual Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest! Your ticket gets you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 150 craft brews and ciders…wines too!

WHAT TO EXPECT:...

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10 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Countertops

By: Cody Calamaio - April 2, 2019

 
Perhaps the most important work surface in the home, the kitchen countertop is built to withstand food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains, and more. But despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage whether they're made of laminate, granite or quartz...

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Tougher FHA Standards May Affect 10% - 30% of Application

By: Florida REALTORS - April 2, 2019

 

WASHINGTON – April 1, 2019 – First-time and move-up homebuyers with heavy debt loads, low credit scores and small downpayments face a daunting new mortgage hurdle: The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is toughening its underwriting standards...

 

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Hoarders Present Difficult Challenges for Association

By: Joseph Adams - March 31, 2019

 Q: Our condominium has a “hoarder” whose unit is filled with papers, newspapers, cardboard, plastic bags, and the like. I am worried about fire hazards and vermin infestation. Neither our board nor the manager are willing to do anything about this. Does Florida law provide me with any way to cure this situation? (H.R., via e-mail)...
 
 
 
 

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Florida Statewide Home Sales Dip 6% in Early 2019

By: Michael Gerrity - March 11, 2019

 

The Florida Realtor Association is reporting that Florida home sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 15,526 last month, down 6.2 percent compared to January 2018.


"As the new year gets underway, more new listings and gains in...

 

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Board Can Regulate Alcohol on Common Property

By: Joseph Adams - March 10, 2019

 
Q: Our condominium association board recently made a rule that no beer, wine, or liquor can be brought into our swimming pool area. This came about because of one situation where some people got out of hand. Many of us enjoy socializing during “happy hour” around our pool. This seems like overkill and possibly illegal. What do you think? (K.M., via e-mail)...
 

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15 Backyard Fire Pit Ideas That WIll Make You Want to Host a Bonfire ASAP

By: Brittney MOrgan and Hadley Mendelsohn - March 8, 2019

 
Is there anything better than gathering around a bonfire with friends and family? Drinking wine, toasting marshmallows, cozying up in front of a warm, crackling fire—seriously, you can't beat it...

 

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7 Tips for How to Clean Stained Grout

By: Donna Boyle - February 5, 2019

Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That’s a different story. Because of its typically light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame. In the bathroom, homeowners must contend with mold and mildew.

Fortunately, it’s possible to...

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HOA: Who's Responsible for Damage from Vacant Condos

By: Rchard D Deboest, SPecial to TCPalm - February 5, 2019

 Editor’s note: Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC., respond to questions about Florida community association law.  The firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law.

Q: The board of my community association held a meeting at 2 p.m. during the week when most of the owners were at work and could not attend.  I always thought a board meeting had to be in the evening when most of the community is at their homes after work and can attend...

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Delray Beach Gives Land away to Developers

By: AJ Walker; Sun Sentinel - February 5, 2019

 
Controversial land along Atlantic Avenue, long for sale by the city, will be given to a developer that plans to do a lot with it.

Real estate developer BH3 won the bid for the land, which is worth about $17 million even though several other developers offered about $4 million for it.

In the end, many said it just ...

 

 

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Housing market will be slower, steadier in 2019

By: Janna Herron - January 7, 2019

 
Forget fevered bidding wars and snap home-buying decisions. Slower and steadier will characterize next year's housing market.
 
 

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