Florida Conference – Part 3

Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.

Regardless of where we stand on the issue of condo and homeowners’ associations we can all agree that there is a lot of confusion about the very nature of associations.  There are lots of questions about the authority and the powers of boards, management companies and other folks holding minor, and sometimes not so minor positions in the association.  Another point that most of us will also be able to agree on is that the complaints and problems tend to repeat themselves over and over. 
 
On The Commons with Shu this week we have part three of the Florida conference that was held in February 2008.   Please join us On The Commons this Saturday, May 31, 2008.  We’ll hear Representative Robaina talk followed by comments and questions from the homeowners who had attended the session.  Many of their concerns and observations are identical to problems in other HOAs around the country.  Their experiences mirror some of the experiences we have heard about from other states. Maybe it is time to acknowledge that these aren’t all “isolated incidents” that only happen to “disgruntled homeowners”. 

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Florida Conference – Part 2

Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.

It is important for people with common goals and needs to come together, network and share ideas.  Having conferences for homeowners is a relatively new occurrence.  Earlier this year, Florida homeowners hosted a two day conference, bringing together advocates and activists as well as attorneys who represent the homeowners, legislators who understand the issues and folks from other states who all came together to share their experiences and stories.  Can the rest of the country learn from these folks as well?
 
On The Commons with Shu this week we have part two  of the Florida conference that was held in February 2008.   Please join us On The Commons.  We’ll listen in to some of the speeches and hear the stories and all the ideas that were discussed.

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Karen Cleveland, Virginia Patton and Walt Okon

Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.

Despite the current housing slump, the cost of housing in many parts of the country is beyond the reach of some people.  But, when the will to join the ranks of homeownership is strong, there are ways to overcome the obstacles.  One of the organizations that is well known for getting people into their own homes is Habitat for Humanity.  While we have seen and read stories about the incredible work they do, just how do they overcome the high cost of land?  And what happens when rezoning a lot threatens the peace and harmony for the exiting neighborhood? 
 
On The Commons with Shu this week are   Karen Cleveland and Virginia Patton.  Karen is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Habitat for Humanity and Virginia is Marketing Director.  also joining us during the second half of the show is Walt Okon.  Walt and his family are long time owners of a non HOA single family home in Fairfax County.  Walt was instrumental in bringing together about 8 neighboring subdivisions who would be affected by any changes to the current zoning in their area.  Please join us On The Commons.  We’ll talk about Habitat for Humanity, what they do.  We’ll also confirm something we already know which is it is the individual who makes a difference and just how strong the sense of preserving one’s home really is.  You’ll want to listen to this one. 

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