CategoryTips for Owners

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Tips for Navigating a Condo Association Insurance Casualty

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Sometimes bad things happen when you’re a homeowner.  Scary things like hail, fire, tornados, acts of God – the long list of dangers you see in your homeowner’s insurance.  When something bad happens, the good news is that you probably have some form of insurance! The bad news is that if it’s a Condo Association insurance casualty, things are not as straightforward as they would be in a single...

Dealing with Condo Association Noise Issues

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“Quiet enjoyment” is a phrase that is common to real estate.  The concept is that an Owner will be able to live in a home in a peaceful manner.  As most Condo Owners know, quiet enjoyment can be elusive. There may be environmental issues, such as a nearby train or major roadway.  You might have noisy neighbors. In yet other situations, a noisy common element – such as an HVAC unit or water...

Condo Association Issues Condo Owners Cannot Control

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One of the premises of Better Condo Life is that apathy is a detriment to Condo Associations, and informed and involved Owners can control their Condo destiny.  In general, this is true. You may choose not to invest the time to be informed and involved, but the option is always there. However, there are certain Condo Association issues Condo Owners cannot control, no matter what the circumstances...

Four Traits of the Apathetic Condo Association Board Member

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Board members come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life.  Some are good, and others are bad.  But there’s another flavor that often isn’t talked about – the apathetic Condo Association Board member.  Neither good nor bad, the apathetic Board member chugs along.  While they are not actively selfish or subversive, they’re also not particularly useful.  Here are four traits you can expect...

Five Condo Association Owner Bad Behaviors

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Continuing our bad behavior series, in this post we turn to Owners.  While Owners can often be the victims of bad Boards , they also can have their own flavor of bratty behavior.  In today’s post, we look at Condo Association Owner bad behaviors that can end up rubbing everyone the wrong way. #1: Showing Up to a Board Meeting Just to Complain – At the End! There are many different Owners you can...

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...

Why are Condo Associations Difficult to Work With?

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Many Condo Owners have bad experiences with their Association.  These interactions are driven by a variety of factors.  There might be a bad Board filled with individuals who want to cause trouble.  Often, however, the issue isn’t so straightforward.  The reality is that a Condo Board’s job is complex.  Their job is not to look out for the Owner – they must look out for the Association...

What Keeps Better Condo Life Going

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Over two years of Better Condo Life.  It is hard to believe that it has been that long already.  The first post went out into the world off a Twitter account with no followers.  Since then, this blog has built a solid following.  More importantly, it has kept being a Board member interesting for me.  I have been a Board member for a very long time.  I have considered quitting on two separate...

Highlight on the Involved Condo Association Owner

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Being involved and invested in your Condo Association is something that every Owner should strive for. Whether big or small, Condo Associations thrive from the contributions of the involved Condo Association Owner.  You do not need to be a Board member (link reasons to join a Board) to make a difference.  The involved Condo Association Owner is someone who finds a way to contribute some of their...

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...

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