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01-12-2006

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (Jan. 12, 2006) ? The increasingly significant segment of Florida?s
population who live in condominium, homeowner and other common-ownership living
associations statewide appear to be getting younger, staying in the state longer, working harder,
actively informing themselves about issues that impact their communities and are generally
supportive of the peers they elect to handle their finances and run their associations.
Results of the second annual CALL 2005 Florida Community Living Survey, conducted online
statewide from Oct. 1-Nov. 30, show new trends in the concerns, attitudes and lifestyle choices
of this increasingly important segment of Florida?s population.
Respondents to the survey expressed concern over insurance-related issues and a general
ambivalence toward seeking association help in preparation for catastrophic storms, while
community financial matters and board-member integrity, maintenance of their communities and
enforcement of standards, rules and regulations are among issues that they say concern them
most.
Key findings of this second annual CALL 2005 Florida Community Living Survey include:
• Insurance affordability and availability is of extreme concern for 69% of all owners
statewide, while 45.9% say they don?t significantly rely on their association for catastrophic
storm preparations ? an attitude that is more pronounced among HOA owners (70%), less so
among condo unit owners (35%);
• Only a quarter of the state?s community association population fits the ?snow bird?
category, with fully three-quarters living at least seven months of the year in their Florida home
and a full two-thirds claiming full-time residence of 10-12 months annually;
• In tandem with the percentage of full-time residents, the percentage of those employed
full-time is up from 22.6% in 2004 to 27% in 2005, while those who work from home at least a
few hours per week is up from 21.6% in 2004 to 31% in 2005; and,
• Condo and HOA owners are increasingly ?wired? -- after newspaper articles, more than
half (51.3%) said they get information about community association issues via e-mail and 39.1%
consult the Internet ? though 68.1% say they never check their association website, most
because no site exists, but for 10.4% because they find it of ?no value.
Condominium ownership was the majority form of ownership shown in the survey, with
response from 802 condo unit owners, or 63.6% of the total -- up from 415 condo owner
responses (60.4%) in 2004. HOA property owner respondents grew in real terms from 238 last
year to total 370 in the 2005 Survey, while owners of cooperative, mobile home, condo hotel
and timeshare property combined amounted to just 7% of the 2005 total.
Sponsored by the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), an advocacy group
established in 2003 by Florida-based law firm Becker & Poliakoff to advance the shared
interests of the state?s common-ownership community associations, the 2005 CALL survey
response increased by 73% as compared to 2004, with a total of 1,299 condominium,
cooperative, timeshare, mobile home and homeowner association members responding in 2005
to the survey.
?We are extremely pleased at the sizeable growth in the response to the CALL 2005 Survey, the
result of community association residents increasingly wanting to make their voices heard and
of CALL?s concerted effort to include as many Florida community association property owners
as possible in this year?s survey,? said CALL Executive Director Donna D. Berger, in announcing
the results.
?The 2005 survey confirms some trends first noted last year, brings to light other information
and answers many pending questions about Floridians living in community associations, giving
civic, business and community association leaders the opportunity to listen, learn and better
serve this increasingly important and vocal group of Florida citizens,? said Ms. Berger, a Becker
& Poliakoff shareholder and community association attorney, who has counseled South Florida
community associations for the past 12 years.
Key responses to questions on community financial issues and board performance showed:
• Fully three-quarters (75%) say they are ?extremely concerned? about keeping the
association budget balanced, with 64% also eyeing reserves and special assessments as
issues of extreme concern;
• Just as many (74.9%) give their association boards a favorable approval rating on
handling of association finances; and,
• An even greater percentage (77.2%) feel their board members ?are responsive to the
community? ? with a solid two-thirds majority of non-board members (69%) saying the same.
On enforcement of rules, regulations and governing documents:
• There is overwhelming support (96.2%) for ?strong enforcement,? with 51.8% favoring a
measure of compassion for ?hardship exceptions as needed?;
• Even greater support of strong enforcement is seen among condo unit owners (98.3%),
while across all types of associations 93.6% of non-board members say they favor strong
enforcement;
• Fully 93.7% feel warning letters should be sent to fellow owners who do not comply with
rules, regulations and government documents, while 78.3% also support fines and at least twothird
support additional enforcement measures of lawsuits (69.5%) and liens against property or
foreclosure (67.2%).
The percentage of survey respondents who currently serve on their association?s board of
directors declined in 2005 to 48.2% of the total 1,299 responses, as compared to 51.2% of the
total 751 responses in 2004. More than a quarter of respondents (25.6 %) say they have never
served on any association board, also down from last year (31.7%).
The margin of error for the total sample of the CALL 2005 Florida Community Living Survey is
+/- 3% at the 95% confidence level. Results of the survey can be seen in a summary port
posted to the website of the Community Association Leadership Lobby at www.callbp.com.
About the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL)
The Community Association Leadership Lobby is the leading organization working to enhance
the quality of life and protect property values for Florida’s community association residents.
CALL advocates on behalf of more than 4,000 member communities, including condominiums,
homeowners’ associations, mobile home communities and cooperatives throughout the state.
More information on the Community Association Leadership Lobby can be found at
www.callbp.com


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