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Condo Association Employee Performance Management

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Performance management is a leadership job for all organizations, and Condo Associations are no different.  Your Condo Association might just have one property manager.  Or you might have a dozen when you count maintenance staff and front desk staff.  The key to effective Condo Association employee performance management is to ensure that you build an effective management framework up front...

Tips for Sharing Condo Association Amenities

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Amenities are a significant benefit of Condo life.  Owners love a well-equipped weight room, a scenic pool, or a great sports court.  Not every property has access to every amenity, and installation may be cost-prohibitive or impossible due to a lack of space.  In areas with neighboring Condo Associations, you might consider Sharing Condo Association amenities.  Your neighbor gets access to your...

Tips for Communicating Condo Association Budgets

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It is Condo Association budget season!  That wonderful time of year where Condo Associations need to figure out what expenses can be cut and if reserves are sufficient while looking at special projects to enhance amenities.  All of this is good stuff, but it is meaningless if your informed Owners don’t know what you are doing.  Most Condo Associations will spam out a complicated spreadsheet and...

Four Ways to Identify Condo Association Consultants

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Today’s post was inspired by a reader’s email seeking advice on how to identify good vendors and technical representation.  This is a great question, particularly on the technical representation side.  Technical representation is a key resource that your Condo Association needs to have to be successful.  Your Condo likely has numerous major systems – roofs, facade, concrete, elevators...

Prioritizing Condo Association Major Projects

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Today’s article was inspired by a reader email.  In a perfect world, your Condo Association has perfect financial forecasting.  Whenever a major project is due, you have the reserves ready to initiate without any problems.  Unfortunately, very few of us live in a perfect world.  Often you will be forced into making trade-offs and prioritizing projects due to a lack of financial resources.  In...

Fundamentals of Good Condo Association Management

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Running a Condo Association is no simple task.  You must manage a budget, keep a building in good repair, fix issues for Owners, deal with unexpected disasters, manage crazy Board members, and more.  Although this can be daunting, there are certain Condo Association management basics which will help guide you towards success.  For today’s article, Better Condo Life is teaming up with The FolSon...

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...

Tips for Entering Owners’ Units in Condo Associations

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Living in a Condo Association means that you are subject to a wide variety of Bylaws, rules, and other conditions.  One of the interesting – and often frustrating – issues results from entering Owners’ units in Condo Associations.  This can be necessitated by a variety of factors.  The most common occurs when there is work that affects common elements, or shared space, that must be...

Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners

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Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community.  Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners.  Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like.  An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities.  It...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags

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When you’re carrying out a major project, you’re bound to encounter issues.  Unhappy Owners, unexpected “surprises” during the project, and other challenges are to be expected.  A challenging issue is figuring out what problems are part of the normal lifecycle of a project and which ones are signs of a bad performer.   Here are three Condo Association project red flags that Boards and Management...

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