CategoryTips for Board Members

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...

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...

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...

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...

Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners

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Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community.  Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners.  Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like.  An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities.  It...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags

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When you’re carrying out a major project, you’re bound to encounter issues.  Unhappy Owners, unexpected “surprises” during the project, and other challenges are to be expected.  A challenging issue is figuring out what problems are part of the normal lifecycle of a project and which ones are signs of a bad performer.   Here are three Condo Association project red flags that Boards and Management...

Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website

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Communication is one of the key elements of a Condo Association.  In today’s day and age, an online presence is becoming mandatory for most entities, and Condo Associations are no exception.  Web expertise is highly commoditized, and you can easily hire someone or find a volunteer from within your Association to help you carry out the actual act of building the website.  The part that a Board and...

Three Condo Association Board Bad Habits to Break Right Now

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Sometimes you pick up bad habits.  Maybe it’s because you have a bad influence, maybe a bad upbringing.  It could be because you’re lazy.  Condo Association Boards operate the same way.  You’re carrying out your work, generally being a good Association.  But over time, the bad habits start to creep in.  Maybe it’s because of a boorish personality on the Board or a culture of apathy with your...

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