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How to Record Actionable Condo Association Meeting Notes

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Every month, your Condo Association holds a monthly meeting.  While at times this meeting may be as exciting as watching paint dry, typically there are important decisions being made.  You might be deciding on finances or maintenance, helping monitor committees, and more.  While you will have official minutes taken, these are often somewhat formulaic and won’t capture the full scope of what is...

Basic Condo Association Cybersecurity

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Hackers and malware are everywhere.  Whether you’re a small business being taken advantage of with ransomware, or even the U.S. government sitting on sensitive information of staff with security clearances, you’re at risk.  Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations are potentially juicy targets for hackers for a number of reasons.  First, you have valuable information that...

Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website

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Communication is one of the key elements of a Condo Association.  In today’s day and age, an online presence is becoming mandatory for most entities, and Condo Associations are no exception.  Web expertise is highly commoditized, and you can easily hire someone or find a volunteer from within your Association to help you carry out the actual act of building the website.  The part that a Board and...

Three Condo Association Predictions for 2017

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Happy 2017!  2016 is behind us with all of its craziness – Surprise election results, various Condo Association policy changes, Pokemon Go, Hatchimals – there was something for everyone.  One of the most interesting things in 2016 has been the impact of technology and public policy on Condo Associations.  There have been many changes that Associations will need to think about going...

Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

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The year is 2016.  The world is full of incredible technology – small drones that can deliver burritos or crash into Condos, smart devices which allow us to send selfies to the entire world, and self-driving and electric cars.  With such incredible technological capabilities, it is crazy that many Condo Associations and HOAs are still stuck using paper or only email to communicate with...

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...

Understanding Short-Term Rentals in a Condo Association

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Short-term rentals – typically fueled by companies like Airbnb or VRBO – have been a hot topic among Condo Associations for the past few years.  This is a complicated issue because you have multiple forces battling each other, with different interest groups coming down on different sides.  As a result, it makes dealing with short-term rentals in a Condo Association a real headache for...

Robot Security Guards in Condo Associations

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While much of Condo Association life is important – albeit sometimes dry with topics like Special Assessments, major projects and the like – it’s also fun to take a look at the future and what new technologies might one day transform Condo Association life.  Drones are already here and now, today we’ll be covering an innovation that’s still probably several years away from mainstream...

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...

How to Create an Effective Condo Association Electric Vehicle Policy

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Electric Vehicles are gaining in popularity in the US.  While still a small fraction of vehicles sold – about 1% – you’re starting to see more and more Teslas, Volts, Leafs, and others.  And while there may not be a lot of them, it only takes two or three Owners in your Association who have an EV or want to buy an EV for your Board to receive an inquiry about how you’re...

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