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Three Condo Association Governance Tips

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Governing a Condo can be an exceedingly trying task.  One of the big surprises you’ll face as a new Board member is sorting through what’s important and what is not.  Some things that seem really stupid turn out to be important.  Other things that are obviously important won’t be told to you.  Here are three Condo Association governance tips for new Board members to help you hit the ground...

Condo Association Social Media Tips

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In a digital age, a Condo Association cannot rely on the “old way” of doing business.  Paper mailers – an email – while necessary, are not sufficient.  If you want to have an effective and connected Association, you need a wide range of digital outreach techniques.  Social media plays an important role in the combination of outreach tools.  Like many digital engagement methods, there...

First Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories

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Better Condo Life is dedicated to helping Condo Owners, Board members, and Management have the best Condo experience possible.  Informed and involved Owners, good Board members and engaged Management will lead a great community.  Sometimes, however, Condo Associations face tough times.  These might be anything from construction defects or issues due to negligence or corruption.  Here are the...

The Informed Condo Association Owner

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Many Condo Owners – possibly the majority – purchase a Condo property without a full appreciation of what they’re getting into.  They anticipate that by owning their property, they will be free from any sorts of burdens.  These individuals are often disappointed when they are impacted by rules and bylaws, when the Association can enter their unit or even a special assessment vote...

June 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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The Summer Solstice has passed, and we’re just about at the halfway mark for 2017.  This month has included a number of major news stories that impact Condo life.  In June, we saw Airbnb back in the news as they reached a major deal with the Michigan government.  The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on developer liability, and a major lawsuit in Florida was resolved.  Enjoy the June 2017 Condo...

The Condo Association Board Advocate Profile

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The Condo Association Board Advocate is the first of the Condo Association Board personality series.  The Condo Association Board Advocate is a valuable member of your Condo Board.  In short, they’re looking out for the little guy.  This is usually a great thing for the Owners.  But is it great for the Association?   The Condo Association Board Advocate’s Mantra: “How can we minimize the impact...

The Most Important Condo Association Documents You’re Not Reading

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Most Condo Association business is as exciting as watching paint dry.  Unfortunately, this further extends to most Condo Association documents, as well.  The fact that these documents are boring and often intimidating leads most Owners to ignore them.  These same Owners who ignore documents find themselves shocked and upset when suddenly they are on the hook for thousands of dollars or find...

How to Record Actionable Condo Association Meeting Notes

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Every month, your Condo Association holds a monthly meeting.  While at times this meeting may be as exciting as watching paint dry, typically there are important decisions being made.  You might be deciding on finances or maintenance, helping monitor committees, and more.  While you will have official minutes taken, these are often somewhat formulaic and won’t capture the full scope of what is...

New Series: Condo Association Board Personalities

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Condo Boards are made up of all sorts of people.  They come from different backgrounds and may be great at their jobs – or really bad.  Board members tend to have several different types of personalities, which strongly influence how they govern.  These styles are typically influenced by their personal backgrounds, professional backgrounds, and life experiences.  This new series will focus...

How to Avoid Condo Association Lawsuits

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Every Condo Owner – and Board – seeks to live in a harmonious community – one where people have great parties and other events, special assessments don’t happen, and things are great.  Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in.  Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, things go south.  In today’s litigious society, when things go south, lawyers get involved.  But no...

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