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Overreaction in a Condo Association

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One of my favorite sayings about Condo Associations is “the emotions are so high because the stakes are so low.”  Now that’s not to say that serious things can’t happen.  Sometimes you’re dealing with major projects or special assessments that have huge impacts on your Owners’ quality of life and personal finances.  On the other hand, sometimes you’re dealing...

Being an Effective Investment Owner in a Condo Association

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Being an Owner in a Condo Association doesn’t necessarily mean you actually live in the property you own.  While Owners who live in a Condo Association are more likely to feel the impacts of that Association, Investment Owners also should be engaged.  After all, at the end of the day, your property is an investment – don’t neglect it.  Here are some tips to be an effective Investment Owner...

Fighting Apathy #9: Be a Better Condo Association Owner in Minutes

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One of the biggest mental hurdles for changing your behavior is where to start.  You want to be a better Owner, but it’s hard to break the habit of apathy.  You don’t have to go from an un-involved Owner to the head of the finance committee in one day.  The key is small, incremental time commitments to build the habit of involvement and break the habit of apathy.  I am a big fan of James...

August 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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August may be the time when most people are on vacation, but it wasn’t a slow month in the Condo and HOA world.  Hundred million dollar Condo Associations sinking into the ground, HOA Owners rallying to fight for their communities, and more Airbnb battles.  Enjoy the August 2016 Condo Association News! Ultra-luxe Millennium Tower is sinking and homeowners are furious Riley McDermid, San...

Robot Security Guards in Condo Associations

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While much of Condo Association life is important – albeit sometimes dry with topics like Special Assessments, major projects and the like – it’s also fun to take a look at the future and what new technologies might one day transform Condo Association life.  Drones are already here and now, today we’ll be covering an innovation that’s still probably several years away from mainstream...

What to Expect as a New Board Member in a Condo Association

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Joining your Condo Board is the ultimate leap you can make in terms of your participation in your Condo Association.   Far beyond being an involved Owner or a committee member, joining the Board involves a new level of dedication, thick skin, and perseverance.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It does have benefits board and puts you in a position to protect your investment in your home and do...

What to Do if Your Condo Association Special Assessment Vote Fails

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At this point, we’ve discussed the need for a Special Assessment in great detail.  You’ve done all of the work, but your Owners rejected your plan.  We’ll assume for the sake of this article that the work simply must be done, so we’re going to discuss what your options are to move the ball forward if your Condo Association Special Assessment vote fails. Assess Why you Failed If you only failed by...

You Get the Condo Association You Deserve

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I recently had a Twitter exchange with the folks over at Independent American Communities about this article.  The article in question blamed two things: local laws for lack of enforcement and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for advocating for “authoritarian” powers for Associations.  While these are worth discussing as possible causes, I strongly believe that apathy is one of the...

How to Have Efficient Condo Association Board Discussions

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Having efficient Condo Association Board discussions is the goal of every sane individual.  One great way to speed up meetings and cut through wasted time is my ultimate secret.  However, there are more ways to trim the fat of Board meetings and ensure you’re spending your time on governing, not bullshitting.  A big way to make gains is to stop speculating on hypotheticals and instead start...

Techniques for Assessing Condo Association Owner Opinions

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As a Condo Association Board, you are elected to represent the views and interests of the Owners of your Association, while also upholding your fiduciary duty.  Your Association’s hot topics may be much less dramatic than those in current politics, you still will face issues where there is no “right” answer – simply different options with different pros and cons.  While you can, as a Board...

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