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Take It To the Board: Successful Community Association Living Starts With the Purchase Decision with Marisa DiLenge, Founder, DiLenge Real Estate Team (Part I)

Is living in a community association the right fit for everyone? In this first of two installments, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Marisa DiLenge, founder of the DiLenge Real Estate Team. She has been a licensed real estate consultant since 1992. She is also a member of the National Association of Realtors, a member of […]

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Take It To the Board: Mapping the Terrain of Landscaping for Community Associations with Brian Steele, Director of Operations, East Coast Facilities

Can you imagine getting 99 people to agree on the same sofa? That is similar to the tasks that lie before Brian Steele, Director of Operations at East Coast Facilities. Among other services, the company provides landscaping to residential communities throughout Florida. In this episode of Take It To the Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Brian discuss […]

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Take It To the Board: Assessing Collections with Joy Mattingly, Becker & Poliakoff

In this episode of Take It To the Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Becker Shareholder Joy Mattingly, who oversees Becker’s collection and foreclosure practice. Joy is an experienced litigator who represents all types of associations in collecting the delinquent assessments needed to fund the community’s essential services. She’s a graduate of University of […]

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Take It to the Board: The Smoker’s Dilemma with Dennis Eisinger of Eisinger Law

In this episode of Take It to the Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Dennis J. Eisinger, who founded Eisinger Law in 1996 and serves as the firm’s managing partner. For the past four decades, he has represented all types of community associations throughout Florida, as well as developers, financial institutions, and private equity clubs. […]

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The Current Crisis with Florida’s Real Property Insurance with Andrea Northrup, Vice President of Insurance Office of America (Part 2)

Florida’s current property insurance industry is in crisis, and it’s one that has been years in the making. Private insurers are exiting the state at alarming numbers and Citizens is once again becoming the only option for many community associations. In Part 2 of this podcast episode, host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Andrea Northrup, Vice […]

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Take It to the Board: The Current Crisis with Florida’s Real Property Insurance with Andrea Northrup, Vice President of Insurance Office of America (Part 1)

Florida’s current property insurance is in crisis, and it’s one that has been years in the making. The pendulum has swung in a direction that is not advantageous for homeowners’ associations, and many may be faced with difficult decisions. Host Donna DiMaggio Berger and Andrea Northrup, Vice President and partner at Insurance Office of America, […]

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Take It to the Board: 2022 Legislative Session in Florida Wrap Up with Yeline Goin, Becker & Poliakoff

Many task forces were convened in the aftermath of the Surfside tragedy, including one by the Florida Bar. All of those task forces urged the passage of new laws pertaining to reserve funding and engineering. However, the 2022 Legislative Session in Florida concluded on March 11 with none of those reforms being passed. Host Donna DiMaggio […]

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Take It to the Board: Keeping Cool With Jane Gilbert, Chief Heat Officer, Miami-Dade County

It’s common knowledge that Florida is one of the hottest markets in the U.S. – whether you’re considering a personal lifestyle upgrade or a new environment for your business. But that influx of people and industry, coupled with the state’s numerous sunny days, is a recipe for an extreme heat event and can spell disaster […]

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Take it to the Board Podcast: Conversations on Community Association Living

Becker’s Take it to The Board podcast, hosted by shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger, explores the reality of life in a community association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Episodes feature a variety of guests including association leaders, experts, and […]

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Take It to the Board: Building Basics with Construction Counsel Patrick Howell

Shoddy workmanship, whether in a new build or a retrofit, is the bane of any shared ownership community. And trying to avoid or recover from a bad construction job is one of the most important responsibilities a community association board can shoulder. Host and seasoned construction attorney swap in-the-trench anecdotes about renovations gone wrong and […]

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