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Three Ways to Annoy Condo Association Boards

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Most people want a to live a simple Condo life and generally be left alone.  Sometimes, however, life gets in the way, and there can be complications.  While Condo Boards have a bad reputation, the reality is that most are made up of normal people who are fairly understanding.  However, there are certain things that can cause a Board to crack down on you hard.  Here are three ways to annoy Condo...

Three Condo Association Facilities Committee Project Ideas

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Committees are a powerful part of your Condo Association.  When properly structured and full of enthusiastic volunteers, they can lead to transformational change in your Condo Association.  Most Condo Associations have some form of a Facilities Committee responsible for different projects within the grounds of your community.  Here are three Condo Association Facilities Committee project ideas...

The Condo Association Board Accountant Profile

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This week’s Condo Association Board personality is on the Condo Association Board Accountant.  The Accountant loves numbers and money, specifically making sure your Association has plenty of it.  This is an important consideration for most Associations, as money makes the world go ‘round!  Having an Accountant will make sure you’ve got the green, but don’t let them forget about the human element...

The Informed Condo Association Owner

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Many Condo Owners – possibly the majority – purchase a Condo property without a full appreciation of what they’re getting into.  They anticipate that by owning their property, they will be free from any sorts of burdens.  These individuals are often disappointed when they are impacted by rules and bylaws, when the Association can enter their unit or even a special assessment vote...

The Condo Association Board Advocate Profile

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The Condo Association Board Advocate is the first of the Condo Association Board personality series.  The Condo Association Board Advocate is a valuable member of your Condo Board.  In short, they’re looking out for the little guy.  This is usually a great thing for the Owners.  But is it great for the Association?   The Condo Association Board Advocate’s Mantra: “How can we minimize the impact...

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...

New Series: Condo Association Board Personalities

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Condo Boards are made up of all sorts of people.  They come from different backgrounds and may be great at their jobs – or really bad.  Board members tend to have several different types of personalities, which strongly influence how they govern.  These styles are typically influenced by their personal backgrounds, professional backgrounds, and life experiences.  This new series will focus...

Three Condo Association Communications Committee Project Ideas

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Condo Association Committees are an excellent way for a Community Association to increase engagement and offer more value for Owners.  Different Committees have different roles.  Typically a Communications Committee will be responsible for increasing outreach and engagement within a community.  They function best in larger communities where the Association has a bigger budget and there’s more...

Four Condo Association Special Assessment Questions To Determine Project Cost

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Having determined the timing of a Special Assessment through your incredible detective skills (powered by ), the next logical question you’ll want to ask is how much will the Special Assessment cost.  Knowing it’s coming is one thing, but its cost is quite another.  Similar to the previous article, these are Condo Association Special Assessment questions you have a right to ask.  Whether or not...

Four Tips for a Productive Condo Association Committee

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Condo Association Committees can be a powerful force within a Condo Association.  As Associations are volunteer entities, they are only as strong (or weak) as the level of Owner engagement.  Boards typically have their hands full with things like major projects , Special Assessments  and hearings.  When you add in jobs, kids, and school, this leaves most Boards with little bandwidth.  This is...

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