CategoryFighting Apathy

The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association

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Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque.  There is no denying that money plays a part in this process.  You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding things like maintenance, landscaping, and more.  However, there is a secret that many Condo Associations don’t know.  The secret to a well-maintained...

The Most Important Condo Association Documents You’re Not Reading

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Most Condo Association business is as exciting as watching paint dry.  Unfortunately, this further extends to most Condo Association documents, as well.  The fact that these documents are boring and often intimidating leads most Owners to ignore them.  These same Owners who ignore documents find themselves shocked and upset when suddenly they are on the hook for thousands of dollars or find...

The Importance of Condo Association Good Will

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Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources.  How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments?  Does your community budget well?  How do you maintain reserves?  The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival.  But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect...

Fostering Condo Association Professionalism

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Condos are often accused – rightfully – of being cesspools of petty politics, micro tyrants, and generally miserable people.  While much of these accusations may be misguided and ungrounded, on the other hand, there is a substantial part of Condo life that unfortunately falls into this category.  A good part of this misery comes from apathy – where all the parties have frankly...

Fighting Apathy: Manage a Condo Association Like You Live There

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There is a tremendous amount of pressure put upon Condo Association Management.  Being the focal point for the homes of hundreds – maybe even thousands – of people is no small task.  They are in the middle of dealing with everything – construction, maintenance, disasters, grumpy Owners, mean Boards – you name it.  Most Management is able to ensure a positive and healthy...

Fighting Apathy: Identifying Great Condo Board Member Candidates

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Condo Association Boards have an extremely challenging job when it comes to running their Associations.  They have substantial control over finances and the direction a community goes.  The fear of breaking bad – and resulting horror stories – is very real.  Good Board members hold things in check and grow a community.  In most Condo Associations, a Board has five, seven, or maybe...

Fighting Apathy: New Members on Condo Association Boards

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The goal of every Association is to provide a safe, secure, and financially solvent community for its Owners.  The vast majority of Associations succeed in this endeavor.  This makes it all the more disappointing when Boards break bad and you end up with horror stories in the news.  There are many drivers of what makes Boards break bad, and today we’ll touch on one of the greatest remedies: new...

Fighting Apathy #9: Be a Better Condo Association Owner in Minutes

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One of the biggest mental hurdles for changing your behavior is where to start.  You want to be a better Owner, but it’s hard to break the habit of apathy.  You don’t have to go from an un-involved Owner to the head of the finance committee in one day.  The key is small, incremental time commitments to build the habit of involvement and break the habit of apathy.  I am a big fan of James...

You Get the Condo Association You Deserve

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I recently had a Twitter exchange with the folks over at Independent American Communities about this article.  The article in question blamed two things: local laws for lack of enforcement and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for advocating for “authoritarian” powers for Associations.  While these are worth discussing as possible causes, I strongly believe that apathy is one of the...

Fighting Apathy #8: Building a Network of Involved Condo Association Owners

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In any democratic community, you’re only as strong as your voting block.  People are often apathetic towards Condo Associations and HOAs, not realizing the importance of participation and representation. The bottom line is Associations are a form of democratic government – with the authority to tax you and govern your lifestyle.  An Involved Owner will want to find a network of like...

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