Bill Davis

When the HOA factory first opened its doors four decades ago, the recorded Declarations were short and fairly simple.  The restrictions against the free use of private property were few and relatively innocuous.  Today however, the recorded CC&Rs tend to be infinitely more cumbersome and complex, taking away choices and freedoms homeowners once took for granted.  If Americans across the country could lose so much in such a short time, what does the future hold for tomorrow’s homeowners?  Is there a way to watch the trends as they develop?
 
On The Commons with us this week is Bill Davis.  Bill is a Texas attorney who bought a house on a large lot and found himself learning all about mandatory membership associations.  In the process he became a little more knowledgeable about HOA laws than he ever intended to be.  Please join us On The Commons.  We’ll talk about the current trends in associations and what they really mean.  You’ll want to tune in because you might just be able to connect the dots of some of the things that have been happening in your association.  And if nothing sounds familiar now, wait, because it wont be long before they make an appearance in an HOA near you. 
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Mark Benson

Like it or not, the number of association housing is increasing.  With the trend towards higher density development and municipal mandates a substantial percentage of the new housing stock is in an HOA of some form or other.  Along with the increase in association housing the number of reported incidents of theft, embezzlement and other fraudulent activity have also grown.  Can something be done to protect the interests of the owners?  What safeguards can be taken to make stealing from the association funds a lot harder?
 
On The Commons with us this week is  Mark Benson.  Mark is a former owner of his own management company, Benson’s Inc. which he sold last year. He has earned just about every credential offered to managers, including a  CMCA, AMD, PCAM and is currently a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator.  In addition to several other appointments he is a member of the Florida CAM Council  http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cam/index.html   .  He is working on a bill that would make managers more accountable for their actions and the advice they give association board members,  You can read his proposed bill http://www.ccfjedu.net/CAMBILL2008.htm.  And to reach Mark send him an email at mark@markbenson.com  Please join us On The Commons this Saturday, November 17, 2007.  We’ll talk about the all sorts of things HOA related.
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