By Darlys Walker

Published November 23, 2012  


Thanksgiving is upon us and now Santa Claus is coming to town!!! Let's hope the fire trucks are not following behind!  After all the arguments have been settled about where and what decorations HOA's CAN or CAN'T display. One would think it is time to enjoy this wonderfully festive time of year. But, not so quick!  


For those of you that enjoy that golden crisp DEEP FRIED TURKEY every year, did you know that The National Fire and Protection Agency reports there are over 1000 homes lost each holiday season due to improper execution of the feat!  Most HOA's don't have any regulations regarding the use of outdoor deep fryers, while the majority of condominiums strictly forbid outdoor cooking of any kind.


And who doesn't love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, all sparkly with lights and tinsel. But if not watered properly this majestic site can become a fire hazard. 


Did you know that Christmas tree fires result in an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries and $16.7 million dollars in damage each year due to dry Christmas Trees and overloaded electrical outlets? And what do we do once the holiday is over, we dump that dried up fire hazard out in the backyard because well... "No one will see it back there!"


And then we prepare to welcome in the New Year! At midnight we join our friends and loved ones we share kisses, hugs, well wishes, champagne and FIREWORKS! Lots and lots of fireworks!


Oh and remember the dried up Christmas tree in the backyard? It's now a blazing tribute to 2011, and your phenomenal fireworks grade finale, well the hot ashes landed on your neighbor's roof and now their home is lighting up the skyline.  Really giving a new meaning to a spectacular fireworks display!!!  The National Fire and Protection Agency reported in 2010, that fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 fires, and $38 million in property damages!!!!!    Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas !!!!!!!!


My Christmas wish for each and every one of you is a peaceful, happy, event free holiday. Please use caution and care when celebrating so that only chestnuts are roasting on an open fire!

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Darlys Walker

Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real

state management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as large mixed-use developments.  


   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.


   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  


   Her clients say it best: "Darlys really knows her stuff" ... "at the top of her profession and it shows in the caliber of her clients" ... "delivers quality resources that match up well with needs and expectations that are really rigorous."  


   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia.


   Darlys Walker and her team have been selected to manage the condominium conversion process and day-to-day operations for many of the Southeast's most high-profile condominium communities including luxury high-rises, mid-rises and garden-style homes. Most recently she has been recognized as an expert in 're-versions' of communities from condominiums to leased homes, as well as repositioning projects. A visionary and a tireless perfectionist, Darlys demonstrates hands-on leadership, working individually with each client and staff associate to achieve defined business outcomes and satisfaction.  

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