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Creating Condo Association Policies for Short-Term Rentals

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Short-term rentals, powered by technology companies like Airbnb and VRBO, are shaking up the Condo Association industry.  Their easy to use platform is making it such that Owners can easily – and often illegally – rent out their property to short-term vacationers for big dollars, despite most Association Bylaws prohibiting short-term rentals.  This is causing havoc in a number of...

Overreaction in a Condo Association

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One of my favorite sayings about Condo Associations is “the emotions are so high because the stakes are so low.”  Now that’s not to say that serious things can’t happen.  Sometimes you’re dealing with major projects or special assessments that have huge impacts on your Owners’ quality of life and personal finances.  On the other hand, sometimes you’re dealing...

What to Expect as a New Board Member in a Condo Association

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Joining your Condo Board is the ultimate leap you can make in terms of your participation in your Condo Association.   Far beyond being an involved Owner or a committee member, joining the Board involves a new level of dedication, thick skin, and perseverance.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It does have benefits board and puts you in a position to protect your investment in your home and do...

How to Have Efficient Condo Association Board Discussions

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Having efficient Condo Association Board discussions is the goal of every sane individual.  One great way to speed up meetings and cut through wasted time is my ultimate secret.  However, there are more ways to trim the fat of Board meetings and ensure you’re spending your time on governing, not bullshitting.  A big way to make gains is to stop speculating on hypotheticals and instead start...

Techniques for Assessing Condo Association Owner Opinions

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As a Condo Association Board, you are elected to represent the views and interests of the Owners of your Association, while also upholding your fiduciary duty.  Your Association’s hot topics may be much less dramatic than those in current politics, you still will face issues where there is no “right” answer – simply different options with different pros and cons.  While you can, as a Board...

Three Bad Habits of a Reactive Condo Association

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One of the worst habits of a bad Association is that they are completely reactive, not proactive.  Instead of proactively getting a handle on their Association, they wait for problems to crop up.  This approach often results in higher costs, lower standard of living, and unhappy Owners.  Here are some of the worst bad habits of a reactive Condo Association – does your community exhibit any...

Dealing with Pokemon Go in a Condo Association

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By now, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon Go, a mobile game developed by a company called Niantic that is taking the world by storm.  Maligned and praised, the game sends people out into the world hunting for Pokemon, which they can capture on their phone.  The net result is a flock of people wandering around landmarks around the world, immersed in their phones.  On the positive side, people are...

The Ultimate Secret to an Effective Condo Association Board

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Today I’m going to share with you the Ultimate Secret to an Effective Condo Association Board.  This secret is incredibly simple in practice, but very difficult to master and act upon.  However, if you make this your guiding tenant, you will find your Board meetings and interactions are more productive, pleasant, and effective. The Secret to Board Success The secret is very simple, but goes...

Three Ways to Calm Hostile Owners in a Condo Association

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As a Board in a Condo Association, there are times that you’re going to have to do some unpopular things.  You may fire a popular but ineffective staff member, issue a Special Assessment, get rid of a popular amenity, or maybe just plain screw up.  The net result is that you may find yourself facing a large group of frustrated and hostile Owners in a Condo Association.  Worse yet, they...

Effective policies for Managing Emergency Situations in a Condo Association

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I recently wrote about how important it is to protect the powers of the Condo Board.  To ensure you run a transparent and open Condo Association, you must protect your Board powers.  But the reality is that life is messy.  Sometimes crazy stuff happens and you don’t have the luxury of the usual slow pace of a Condo Board.  How can you ensure transparency in a Condo Association in these...

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