ArchiveJanuary 2018

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...

Responding to Important Condo Association Challenges

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Being involved in a Condo Association is a constant stream of work.  It is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you are constantly running at high speed, you’ll burn out.  One of the keys to success is learning how to manage your workload and the pace of Condo life.  There is a fine line between managing pace and slacking.  Ultimately what drives your pace of response is the importance and urgency of...

Three Ways Technology Improves Condo Associations

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Although there may be reasons that community Associations are resistant to change, Condo Boards need to get with the times.  If your goal is to lead a better Condo life, you’re going to need to utilize 21st century technology.  This might be anything from electric car charging to modern communications.   There are many ways technology improves Condo Associations. Today we are joined by Andrea...

Three Condo Association Predictions for 2018

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Coming off a relatively strong showing for predictions in 2017, we’re going in hot for Condo Association predictions for 2018!  This year we’ve got something new, something old, and something sinking.  Will they come true?  We have no idea, but predictions are always fun!   Note – there are affiliate links on this website to Amazon as examples of products.  Better Condo Life does not...

What Keeps Better Condo Life Going

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Over two years of Better Condo Life.  It is hard to believe that it has been that long already.  The first post went out into the world off a Twitter account with no followers.  Since then, this blog has built a solid following.  More importantly, it has kept being a Board member interesting for me.  I have been a Board member for a very long time.  I have considered quitting on two separate...

December 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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Happy New Year!  Hopefully you weren’t too hungover after New Year’s Eve.  2017 is behind us, and 2018 is ready to rock and roll.  2017 was a busy year, and the Condo and Homeowners Association world did not slow down in December.  In the December 2017 Condo Association news roundup, we revisit the D.R. Horton case, cover an interesting court case analysis by Kevin Hirzel in Michigan, and get an...

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