ArchiveDecember 2015

Thankful in 2015


I wanted to take a moment to thank those who have found the website in 2015 and the many excellent websites out there.  I’m greatly appreciative for my readers and followers on twitter, and to others in the community who post great articles which add to the HOA and Condo Association community at large. In particular, I’d like to shout out to several sites:  – @hoamgtcom – for great...

Condo Association Committees 101


In this week’s 101 session, we’ll be covering Condo Association Committees.  What do they do?  How do you use them?  Where do babies come from?  Scratch that last one, wrong blog.   Your Committees are typically outlined in the bylaws of your Association.  They are, as you would expect, bodies that advise and support the Board in its activities.  Since an Association is made up of...

The Most Highly Amusing 2016 Association Prediction You’ll Read


Although this blog is young, I want to get on the bandwagon of predictions for 2016.  If nothing else, it will be good for a laugh in a year when it turns out I was incredibly wrong.   My prediction for 2016 – this will be the year that the tensions between legalized medical marijuana and Condo Associations and HOAs starts to come to a head.   I believe about 23 states now have legalized...

Thoughts on a Condo Association Employee Holiday Fund


Tis the season for giving!  I’ve alluded to the fact before that my building is pretty big compared to many Associations.  We have a sizeable staff when you include management, maintenance, housekeeping, etc.  For as long as I can remember, our building has had a condo association employee holiday fund.  It isn’t organized by the Board – a number of Owners have historically organized it...

Four Things to Watch Out for When Buying a New Condo


Buying a new condo, whether the building is newly constructed or a conversion is a goal for many buyers – for starters, the condo has that “new car smell.”  There are many good lists out there for tips on buying Condos in general – here’s a recent one I really liked – but new construction (or conversions) carry additional risks that you should be aware of...

How to Email your Condo Association to Get Results


Continuing this week’s theme of communications, today I’m going to give Owners some tips on how to email your condo association in a positive and effective way to get the results you want.  Bad stuff happens in home ownership – whether a house, townhouse, or condo.  With a regular house, if something breaks, you have the responsibility to fix it – pretty straightforward.  In an...

Condo Association Communications 101


If everyone was a good communicator, this planet would be Utopian.  No more confusion, no more misunderstanding, and best of all, no more passive-aggressiveness.  It would be amazing!  Sadly, this goal will be as unrealized as the Cubs winning the World Series – although they did give everyone a scare this year!  Note – since this was originally penned, the Cubs have finally won a...

Lawyers and Condo Associations: Tips for Owners


“I’m going to call my lawyer!”  Welcome to America in the 21st century.  It seems even the most mild disagreements can escalate to someone defiantly exclaiming those six words.  The phrase has gotten so tired and so blustery that it often carries no weight.  For my building, our Management doesn’t even bother to tell us when owners threaten us with legal action unless they actually call a lawyer...

Condo Association Special Assessment 101


  The words “Special Assessment” are dreaded in Condo life.  A Condo Association Special Assessment means the community is having financial troubles and is out of money and needs to get money out of the normal budget cycle – hence the “special” in the name.  For a quick primer on financials, check out my Financials 101 article.  For a deep dive on Special Assessments, click here. What...

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