ArchiveFebruary 2016

February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Midway through the month, February was looking like a yawn for Condo Association news.  Then several stories came out in rapid fire that caught my attention.  Without further ado, here is your February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup! The Nation’s Housing: Bipartisan vote bodes well for condo buyers Kenneth R. Harney, News OK, Feb 19 2016 By far the biggest and best news for Condo...

New Guide: Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association


It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association.  All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced.  Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms, etc.  For our purposes, a “major” project will be defined as one that is paid for out of reserves and is around 10% or more of the Association’s...

Condo Association Safety and Security 201


In the 101 edition of Condo Association Safety and Security, we covered the basics of how to ensure your Association is safe and secure.  Today we’ll follow up on more advanced topics to help you have a secure and safe Condo Association.   The AED Issue Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are one of the greatest inventions with regards to saving lives in the past few decades.  Combined...

Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 2


In Part 1 of this article, we covered the first steps to get involved in your condo association to fight apathy.  Today we’ll cover the final steps on how you can become a more involved and engaged Owner.   Step 3:  Identify General Fiscal Health Fiscal health is a very deep and complicated subject, particularly for a Condo Association, and especially so if you’re starting from scratch.  Today’s...

Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 1


This is the second installment in a series of articles designed to help Condo Associations fight apathy, the number one cause of Condo Associations breaking bad.  Today’s focus is on helping Owners get involved in your Condo Association.  The first installment of Fighting Apathy was focused on Board members maintaining a “get to yes” attitude, aimed at both reminding Boards they exist to serve...

Condo Association Safety and Security 101


Condo Association safety and security is one of the big three.  As a Board, your job is to facilitate a safe and secure environment.  The nuances of this are highly variable – your Condo’s location, local ordinances and laws, your Owners’ desires, and your budget will have a large impact on how you address this issue in your Association.  This article will serve as an introduction to the...

The Hardest Condo Association Board Member Good Habit to Learn


If you’re on your Board, you likely joined it to do good for your community.  There’s a slim chance you’re a jerk or drunk on power, but the vast majority of Condo Board members are there to do the right thing.  In fact, if you’re reading this right now, I KNOW you’re a good member of your Association because you’re taking the time to read about Condo management.  So allow me to introduce...

What Condo Bylaws Matter the Most


Everyone gets a copy of their Association Bylaws both when they put an offer in for a Condo and after they close.  Too often, this is the first and last time Owners think about their Bylaws – until the Association does something they don’t like.  People don’t fully appreciate (and perhaps, real estate agents don’t fully make clear) the depth of the legal covenant you’re agreeing to when you...

How to Help a Condo Association Board Make Decisions


One of the greatest challenges that Management has is helping the Condo Association Board make decisions and take action.  While Management has latitude in many issues, most major decisions rightfully belong with the Board.  Boards are, of course, notorious for their inability to move things forward.  While a Manager can’t solve all of a Board’s problems, what you can do is present actionable...

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