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Tips to Maintain Condo Association Momentum

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Keeping Condo Association business moving is a significant challenge communities face.  There are numerous legitimate reasons that Condos can move slowly.  As volunteers with a fiduciary duty towards the Association, Board members must take responsibility and ensure that progress is made.  Despite positive intentions, however, sometimes Boards struggle to move the ball forward.  It might be...

Why are Condo Associations Difficult to Work With?

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Many Condo Owners have bad experiences with their Association.  These interactions are driven by a variety of factors.  There might be a bad Board filled with individuals who want to cause trouble.  Often, however, the issue isn’t so straightforward.  The reality is that a Condo Board’s job is complex.  Their job is not to look out for the Owner – they must look out for the Association...

Three Condo Association Finance Committee Project Ideas

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Condo Committees are a critical ingredient to a great Condo Association.  Finance committees are often considered one of the less exciting committees.  They don’t throw awesome parties or improve your facilities.  But they can, however, improve your favorite resource: money.  These three Condo Association finance committee project ideas will help your community save money or use the money you...

The Most Common New Condo Association Board Member Mistake

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New blood on a Condo Association Board is critical to the long-term success of a community.  It helps prevent a Condo Board from breaking bad, it invigorates veterans, and it helps promote an active community.  However, with the zeal of service comes the most common new Condo Association Board member mistake that should be avoided at all costs:  jumping to conclusions without any research.  ...

Using Technology to Improve Condo Association Communications

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Communications is a core function of a Condo Association.  Technology has made communications even easier.  Everyone is connected, and there are numerous ways a Condo Association can tap into the opportunities.  Despite this advantage, often there is a struggle when it comes to using technology to improve Condo Association communications.   For our final installment of this series, we are yet...

January 2018 Condo Association News Roundup

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We are now a full month into 2018, and 2017 is fading deep into the rear view mirror.  January brought bitter cold to much of the U.S., but that cold didn’t keep the Condo news from being interesting.  As we launch into the new year, we see a number of familiar stories surfacing.  Drama at the San Francisco Millennium tower continues – this time over a fire violation notice.  Short-term...

Five Condo Association Board Member Bad Behaviors

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The goal of this blog is to help you lead a better Condo life.  Primarily, we focus upon the positive – how to be a better Owner, better Board member or better Manager.  The reality is that even the most saintly of people can’t always be positive.  Humans are flawed, and it often seems that Condo Associations bring out the worst in people.  In this new series, we will be highlighting irritating...

Three Condo Association Management Bad Habits

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Management has a challenging job in helping administer and run a Condo Association.  Balancing day-to-day issues and longer-term strategic goals is no easy feat.  Further, you have some Owners who think they can treat Management poorly.  With those challenges in mind, it can be easy for these Condo Association Management bad habits to develop.  While these habits are likely not intentional, they...

How to Kill a Zombie Condo Association Issue

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Condo Associations face a big range of issues – both those important and unimportant.  One particular type of issue which can haunt you is the Zombie Condo Association issue.  These challenges are mindless, unkillable, and a frustrating aspect of Condo life.  However, with these steps, you can make sure that you effectively end the zombie issues and make sure they don’t eat your brains...

Responding to Unimportant Condo Association Challenges

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In Monday’s post we covered the issue with important Condo Association challenges.  However, not every challenge you face will be important.  Many will be trivial, perhaps laughably so – that’s just part of the job.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t respond to such issues; in some ways, responses to these issues are harder as you must maintain professionalism as you do so.  Equally...

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