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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...

Five Common Emails from Condo Owners

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A big part of leading a Condo Association is communicating with Owners.  Unfortunately, as many veterans know, most interactions are not Owners telling you how awesome you are and what a great job you’re doing.  Typically their engagement with the Board will be based around two things – Owners wanting something, or Owners providing feedback on current policies.  Here are some typical types...

Green Technology and Conserving Water in a Condo Association

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Electricity is usually one of the biggest expenses in a Condo Association, but not too far behind it is water.  Some Condo Associations have individually metered units, but others do not.  Irregardless of that disposition, conserving water in a Condo Association is the right thing to do, both environmentally and financially.  Today’s article focuses on actions a Condo that does not sub-meter...

Green Technology and Electricity Savings in a Condo Association

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Electricity is one of the biggest expenses for a Condo Association.  As such, green technologies or other ways to promote electricity savings in a Condo Association is definitely something you’ll want to look into.  Improvements to and investments in your Condo’s power consumption can make a big difference towards the bottom line and preserving the environment.  But where do you start?  There are...

Four Tips for Condo Association Budgets

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Fall is typically the time for developing Condo Association budgets.  This is because most Condo Associations run on a calendar year fiscal cycle and most Bylaws require a 30-day Owner comment period.  Budgeting is an extremely personal exercise – every community is different, with different amenities, costs, and tolerance for Condo fees.  Nonetheless, there are several tips that are...

Late Fees and Delinquency in a Condo Association

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One constant challenge in Condo Associations is the issue of delinquency and debt collection.  Homeowner’s Association or Condo Association fees, also called “general assessments,” are the financial lifeblood of your Association.  While you may have alternate revenue streams, general assessments make up the bulk of your cash flow in.  Without money, you can’t invest in...

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...

Techniques for Assessing Condo Association Owner Opinions

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As a Condo Association Board, you are elected to represent the views and interests of the Owners of your Association, while also upholding your fiduciary duty.  Your Association’s hot topics may be much less dramatic than those in current politics, you still will face issues where there is no “right” answer – simply different options with different pros and cons.  While you can, as a Board...

Three Bad Habits of a Reactive Condo Association

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One of the worst habits of a bad Association is that they are completely reactive, not proactive.  Instead of proactively getting a handle on their Association, they wait for problems to crop up.  This approach often results in higher costs, lower standard of living, and unhappy Owners.  Here are some of the worst bad habits of a reactive Condo Association – does your community exhibit any...

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...

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