FRIDAY, 10:15–11:15, con’t.
FHA Condominium update: One Year Later
Stephen m. marcus, esq.*; george E. nowack Jr., esq.* and Loura K. Sanchez, esq.*
This session reviews FHA condominium requirements a year after the elimination of spot loan approvals. In addition to examining mortgagee letters 2009–46B and 2009–46A, the session reviews other recent requirements and discusses the effects of new requirements on the approval process.
Your Home is Our Castle: A Principled Approach to Surviving
Design Review Brian p. mcLean, esq. and terrence A. Leahy, esq.
Homeownership has transformed over several generations from “your home is your castle” to “your home is our castle.” This transformation arises from the emergence and growth of common-interest communi- ties, with associations being given greater regulatory control over common areas and owner behavior. Learn about architec- tural and judicial review of asso- ciation decisions, and be better equipped to shape outcomes in mat- ters where both sides are willing to defend their castle “to the death.”
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions
My Neighbor Must Be a Sociopath: Mediating Multi-Party HOA Disputes with Difficult Personalities
Karin S. Hobbs, esq.; Hon. william B. Bohling and Lincoln w. Hobbs, esq.*
How can you resolve complex disputes with clients who seem evil, irrational or possibly unstable? The dispute begins with a minor complaint and escalates to include contractors, developers and the HOA board. You are hired to represent a party, and you find yourself in endless depositions. This session provides strategies you can use during
FRIDAY, JAnuARY 14, 12:30–1:45 pm
Wayne Hyatt Lecture Series:
It’s the Economy, Stupid. Or Is It the Stupid Economy? todd Buchholz, Economist and Author
A weak economy, trillion dollar federal deficits, expiring tax cuts, failing banks and nervous investors don’t hold much promise for a quick turnaround to current economic woes. While economic turbulence is nothing new, it can and does have an affect on how we plan for our businesses. Economist, author and former White House advisor Todd Buchholz shares his insights and experience in dealing with changing political pri- orities and outcomes. Learn strategies for dealing with economic uncertainty and how to position your firm to weather the storm ahead.
the dispute and how to counsel your clients to act toward their neighbor. It also covers the mediator’s role in large cases involving difficult clients.
The Community Association Law Firm of the Future
Loura K. Sanchez, esq.* and Scott B. Carpenter, esq.*
non-payment of assessments, unreason- able document provisions, contract and lease problems, suits against an asso- ciation with no or inadequate insurance and bankruptcy of the developer.
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lecture and luncheon
In the ever-changing world of commu- nity associations, our practices must also change. This session discusses how the future will be different based on lessons learned from newcomers and old-timers. Topics include generational issues, staffing levels, client servicing, technol- ogy and competition. Through a lively discussion, the session explores the challenges we are likely to face in the next few years, necessary shifts in phi- losophy and solutions for making our practices even more successful.
Tales from the Dark Side of Declarant Transition
Edmund Allcock, esq.; David graf, esq. and Robert m. Diamond, esq.*
This session explores problems asso- ciation boards inherit when the devel- oper turns over control of the associa- tion to “civilian rule” (homeowners). It offers analysis and solutions to transi- tion problems such as construction defects, permit issues, rights abuses,
2–3:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions
Mighty Morphing Mortgage Markets: understanding the Impact of the Federal Overhaul of the Mortgage Finance System
Clifford J. treese, cpcu, arm, cirms; C. Scott Canady and J. David Ramsey, esq.* moderated by Andrew S. Fortin, esq.
In fall 2010, the Obama administration and Congress launched a coordinated effort to rebuild the federal mortgage finance system, which was left in ruins by the great housing bust. As this pro- cess moves forward, the entire financ- ing system, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA, is on the table for major restructuring, elimination or replacement. In addition, the sweeping banking reform bill passed in the sum- mer of 2010 empowered a patchwork of federal agencies to create new fed- eral mortgage qualifying regulations. As the future of mortgage financing in community associations continues to evolve, find out where the debate stands and gain insights into where it is going.