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Condo Association Per-Use Fees

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If there’s one thing that drives people crazy, it’s the feeling of being nickel and dimed.  And of course, if you want to get people upset, hit them with a fee in a Condo Association.  On the flip side, however, you run into the interesting question about the majority subsidizing the behavior of the minority within an Association – my “Shared Cost Delusion” phenomenon.  Condo Association...

Shared Cost Delusion in a Condo Association

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One bad habit I see in Condo Associations – whether it is from Board members or Owners – is what I called the Shared Cost Delusion in a Condo Association.  This is the idea that if you shift the cost on a fee from an Owner to the Association, the cost magically goes away.  This can cause all sorts of strange behaviors which are detrimental to the interests of your Condo Association...

March 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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Every month, I wonder if it’ll be a slow news month.  March continues 2016’s trend of both interesting and depressing condo association news.  Let’s get to the March 2016 Condo Association News!   New Illinois Condominium & HOA Report Reveals 50,000 Associations Community Contributor, Chicago Tribune, March 3 2016   This article has me super geeked out because it...

Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association: Hiring Technical Representation

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Managing a major project in a Condo Association is one of the more grueling parts of Condo life – whether you’re an Owner, Board Member or Management.  The costs, disruption, and constant oversight will impact you no matter who you are.  If you haven’t already checked out the overview, learn about the full life cycle here. The first part of nearly any project is to ensure you have proper...

Creating Effective Condo Association Policies

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The job of a Condo Association is to govern, a key part of which involves creating effective Condo Association policies.  Policies run the gamut – everything from how the Association deals with pets, the behavior of Owners, and even employee management.  While not the sexy stuff that gets people excited (then again, what is sexy in an Association?), creating consistent and effective...

New Guide: The Condo Association Special Assessment Process

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According to one study, approximately 70% of all Associations are underfunded.  This means that odds are you live in an Association where there is at least the threat of a Condo Association Special Assessment.  If that’s the case, hopefully your Association is taking proactive steps to get control of your financial situation to stave off a Special Assessment.  The reality is that sometimes you’ve...

Fighting Apathy #3: Managing Respect in a Condo Association

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – community association managers – your Association’s Management – are the glue that hold an Association together.  Management is in the thick of every issue and challenge an Association has, working to resolve issues so that everyone has a happy and safe community.  This means they have the challenge of dealing with Owners, who...

Tips for Working With a Realtor When Buying a Condo

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Whether you are a first-time buyer or not, there are a lot of nuances to be aware of when buying property.  Beyond the norm – of which there are many lists, including this one,  and these two, you’ve got a lot to consider in making the right choice.  In addition to deciding if the property is right for you, you need to decide if the Association is right for you.  One resource that...

Why Condo Association Boards Act Slowly

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One universal complaint about Condo Association Boards is that they are slow to act.  Even for the most basic of requests, Owners are frequently frustrated by the fact that it takes weeks, or even months, for a Board to get back to an Owner.  Accusations of sloth, indifference, or even malice are common.  While in some cases these accusations can be true, there are also several structural and...

How to Prepare for a Condo Association Board Meeting

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Every month, Board Members around the country – no, around the world – meet to discuss and govern their Condo Associations.  For most outsiders (and insiders), this is not exactly the most exciting thing that happens in a given month.  However, with major budgets at stake, committee reports, and safety and security concerns – these meetings are quite important.  Being an...

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