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The Condo Association Board Socialite Profile

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The word “community” is prominent in community Associations.  This implies more than just a Condo Association where bills are paid on time and reserve studies are built.  While those are necessities, they are not enough.  A Condo Association should thrive as well.  That is where the Condo Association Board Socialite comes in.  Their goal is to enhance the community they live in. The Condo...

Communicating Condo Association Bad News

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Shockingly, it isn’t always rainbows, puppy dogs and chocolate in a Condo Association.  Sometimes there are things that go wrong.  It might be your air conditioner dying during the hottest week of the year, a crime incident where an Owner was involved, or maybe even worse.  In these situations, there is always a human desire to hide the news or hope it doesn’t get out.  This is the wrong attitude...

Tips for Sharing Condo Association Amenities

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Amenities are a significant benefit of Condo life.  Owners love a well-equipped weight room, a scenic pool, or a great sports court.  Not every property has access to every amenity, and installation may be cost-prohibitive or impossible due to a lack of space.  In areas with neighboring Condo Associations, you might consider Sharing Condo Association amenities.  Your neighbor gets access to your...

What to do When Condo Association Assessments Increase

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There are only two things certain in life – death and taxes.  Unfortunately, Condo fees – also known as assessments – are a form of taxes.  They pay for the maintenance and operation of your Association.  The key with assessments is to try to keep them as low as possible while still properly funding the necessities.  When Condo Association assessments increase, Owners want to...

September 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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Happy Fall!  Hopefully the equinox is bringing good tidings to your Condo Association.  September has seen hurricanes pummeling Florida and Texas, with impacts to Condo Associations.  Our thoughts and prayers go out for a speedy recovery to those communities. Included in the September 2017 Condo Association roundup are articles on the hurricanes, an update on the sinking Millennium Tower, and the...

Tips for Communicating Condo Association Budgets

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It is Condo Association budget season!  That wonderful time of year where Condo Associations need to figure out what expenses can be cut and if reserves are sufficient while looking at special projects to enhance amenities.  All of this is good stuff, but it is meaningless if your informed Owners don’t know what you are doing.  Most Condo Associations will spam out a complicated spreadsheet and...

Four Ways to Identify Condo Association Consultants

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Today’s post was inspired by a reader’s email seeking advice on how to identify good vendors and technical representation.  This is a great question, particularly on the technical representation side.  Technical representation is a key resource that your Condo Association needs to have to be successful.  Your Condo likely has numerous major systems – roofs, facade, concrete, elevators...

The Condo Association Board Prosecutor Profile

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Is your community lawless?  Are your rules out of date and unenforced?  If so, that means you probably don’t have a Condo Association Board Prosecutor.  This week’s Condo Association Board personality profile is the Prosecutor.  The Prosecutor wants to live in an ordered and well-behaved community.  They will keep everyone on the straight and narrow, but make sure they don’t take it too far...

A Practical Overview of the Condo Association Reserve Study

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The Condo Association reserve study is perhaps the most boring document you can imagine.  It is also one of the most important for your community.  It is a foundational document for all of your financial planning as a community, and the difference between smooth sailing and a special assessment.  Here is an overview of the Condo Association reserve study. What are Condo Association Reserves? As a...

Being a Condo Association Board Mentor

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You’ve done it.  Several years – maybe even multiple terms – as a Condo Association Board member and you’re suddenly an accomplished veteran.  You have multiple major projects under your belt, and you’ve improved your community – maybe by starting a committee.  Now that you’re a veteran, it is time for you to pass that information on to the new blood and become a Condo...

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