In the beginning…
I bought my condo almost a decade ago. I had a minimal understanding of what being in a condo association entailed. I think I skimmed the giant binder of rules and bylaws. I just wanted to have a place where they’d shovel the snow, I could walk to nearby mass transit so I could get drunk at sports games and get home safely, and a decent gym that was in the building to motivate me to lose weight.
What I didn’t realize is that condo living — at least in a big building — is like living in a small town. You have taxes (condo fees), difficult residents, nice residents, and worst of all – you have to govern yourself. Usually that last bit isn’t a big deal, unless your condo has to deal with major problems.
I wanted to get involved, so I joined my Condo Association board. Throughout my time on my board, I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff — crass behavior of Owners, legal battles, special assessments, fights over big things, fights over minor things. It has made me realize how little most people – myself included – understand how to live in a condo association.
I started this blog to pass on my advice and experiences to others. I’m not the expert of living in a condo or being on a board. I’ve lived in a condo for six years, five of which I’ve been on the board with another as a member of one of the committees. I’d say I’ve seen everything, but I keep on seeing new and weird things. I also own a rental property I manage myself, and I have a full time job which has (thankfully) nothing to do with real estate, but it does involve managing people. The skills overlap quite a bit.
Somehow you found this site- probably because your condo association did something dumb, or you’re in a fight with them, and you used your favorite search engine desperately looking for help. Or maybe you’re on a condo board, dealing with a frustrating situation and desperately needing help. I’m also always open to reader mail and providing advice if you don’t see something here.
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