CategoryTips for Board Members

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Three Signs of a Zombie Condo Association Board

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There is an old saying about Condo Association business – that the emotions are so high because the stakes are so low.  In reality, the stakes are quite high.  A Community Association is responsible for the administration of big budgets and have a significant role in the quality of life of Owners within the community.  A major threat to this quality of life is the dreaded zombie Condo Association...

Tips to Maintain Condo Association Momentum

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Keeping Condo Association business moving is a significant challenge communities face.  There are numerous legitimate reasons that Condos can move slowly.  As volunteers with a fiduciary duty towards the Association, Board members must take responsibility and ensure that progress is made.  Despite positive intentions, however, sometimes Boards struggle to move the ball forward.  It might be...

The Most Common New Condo Association Board Member Mistake

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New blood on a Condo Association Board is critical to the long-term success of a community.  It helps prevent a Condo Board from breaking bad, it invigorates veterans, and it helps promote an active community.  However, with the zeal of service comes the most common new Condo Association Board member mistake that should be avoided at all costs:  jumping to conclusions without any research.  ...

Five Condo Association Board Member Bad Behaviors

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The goal of this blog is to help you lead a better Condo life.  Primarily, we focus upon the positive – how to be a better Owner, better Board member or better Manager.  The reality is that even the most saintly of people can’t always be positive.  Humans are flawed, and it often seems that Condo Associations bring out the worst in people.  In this new series, we will be highlighting irritating...

How to Kill a Zombie Condo Association Issue

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Condo Associations face a big range of issues – both those important and unimportant.  One particular type of issue which can haunt you is the Zombie Condo Association issue.  These challenges are mindless, unkillable, and a frustrating aspect of Condo life.  However, with these steps, you can make sure that you effectively end the zombie issues and make sure they don’t eat your brains...

Responding to Unimportant Condo Association Challenges

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In Monday’s post we covered the issue with important Condo Association challenges.  However, not every challenge you face will be important.  Many will be trivial, perhaps laughably so – that’s just part of the job.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t respond to such issues; in some ways, responses to these issues are harder as you must maintain professionalism as you do so.  Equally...

Responding to Important Condo Association Challenges

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Being involved in a Condo Association is a constant stream of work.  It is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you are constantly running at high speed, you’ll burn out.  One of the keys to success is learning how to manage your workload and the pace of Condo life.  There is a fine line between managing pace and slacking.  Ultimately what drives your pace of response is the importance and urgency of...

Three Tips to Have Happy Condo Association Owners

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Every Association wants happy Condo Association Owners.  Happy people smile and say nice things and generally don’t complain too much.  Unhappy people, on the other hand, complain about small things and may even try to shoot you.  An Association has a great deal of power over its Owners’ and renters’ quality of life.  Here are three ways to ensure you have happy Condo Association Owners...

Tips for a Great Condo Association Newsletter

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Having good communications is one of the keys to a successful community Association.  There are a variety of ways you can engage with your Owners – whether it is short-form social media or longer-form newsletter.  Here are some tips for a great Condo Association newsletter. Get Your Newsletter Professionally Designed Visual appeal can be the difference between an Owner picking up your...

Tips for Dealing With Condo Association Enemies

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Making enemies in a Condo Association is inevitable.  Unfortunately, while they might be your enemy, they’re also your neighbor.  Though you might be tempted to escalate the hostile activities, as a Condo Association Board member, that’s not really a great idea.  The key to dealing with Condo Association enemies is to ensure that you are taking the high road and de-escalating the situation. Never...

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