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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...

Choosing Condo Association Social Media Platforms

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Social Media can play a powerful role in expanding your communications strategy for your Condo Association.  While there are certain well known sites, like Facebook and Twitter, there are also many others which could add value.  However, your time is precious, and every site takes up either staff or volunteer time.  You need to make sure you choose your Condo Association social media presence...

The Challenge of Being a Condo Association Public Figure

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A Condo Board member faces many challenges.  But one that often goes unremarked is the fact that you are a Condo Association public figure – in addition to all your other jobs.  At the end of the day, you are an elected public official.  You run an Association that might be modest in size, or could be a thousand units.  You have the ability to tax people and punish them.  Along with this...

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