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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...

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...

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...

Prioritizing Condo Association Major Projects

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Today’s article was inspired by a reader email.  In a perfect world, your Condo Association has perfect financial forecasting.  Whenever a major project is due, you have the reserves ready to initiate without any problems.  Unfortunately, very few of us live in a perfect world.  Often you will be forced into making trade-offs and prioritizing projects due to a lack of financial resources.  In...

Tips for Starting a Condo Association Newsletter

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Communication is one of the most important aspects of a good community.  Figuring out how you can effectively communicate, on the other hand, is a challenge.  Starting a Condo Association newsletter is a great way for your community to convey information to your Owners.  The challenge, as with any product, is ensuring you have good, consistent content.   Pick the Right Frequency of Updates...

Tips for Maintaining Condo Environmental Systems

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There are many things that a Condo Association must look to provide for its Owners.  At the highest level, they boil down to the big three: safety, security, and transparency.  In pursuit of this goal, there are certain key building systems that are critical to maintain.  Of particular importance is maintaining Condo environmental systems, such as your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air...

A Bad Condo Association Board Habit to Avoid

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Grumpy and petulant Condo Association Board members are devastating in a Condo Association.  Whether you are in a well run – or poorly run – Condo Association can be revealed by many signs.  If your goal is to run your Condo Board more effectively, there are a number of things you can do.  Today is focused on one bad Condo Association Board habit that can easily be broken.   The “I...

Fundamentals of Good Condo Association Management

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Running a Condo Association is no simple task.  You must manage a budget, keep a building in good repair, fix issues for Owners, deal with unexpected disasters, manage crazy Board members, and more.  Although this can be daunting, there are certain Condo Association management basics which will help guide you towards success.  For today’s article, Better Condo Life is teaming up with The FolSon...

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