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Creating Effective Condo Association Policies

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The job of a Condo Association is to govern, a key part of which involves creating effective Condo Association policies.  Policies run the gamut – everything from how the Association deals with pets, the behavior of Owners, and even employee management.  While not the sexy stuff that gets people excited (then again, what is sexy in an Association?), creating consistent and effective...

New Guide: The Condo Association Special Assessment Process

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According to one study, approximately 70% of all Associations are underfunded.  This means that odds are you live in an Association where there is at least the threat of a Condo Association Special Assessment.  If that’s the case, hopefully your Association is taking proactive steps to get control of your financial situation to stave off a Special Assessment.  The reality is that sometimes you’ve...

Fighting Apathy #3: Managing Respect in a Condo Association

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – community association managers – your Association’s Management – are the glue that hold an Association together.  Management is in the thick of every issue and challenge an Association has, working to resolve issues so that everyone has a happy and safe community.  This means they have the challenge of dealing with Owners, who...

Tips for Working With a Realtor When Buying a Condo

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Whether you are a first-time buyer or not, there are a lot of nuances to be aware of when buying property.  Beyond the norm – of which there are many lists, including this one,  and these two, you’ve got a lot to consider in making the right choice.  In addition to deciding if the property is right for you, you need to decide if the Association is right for you.  One resource that...

Why Condo Association Boards Act Slowly

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One universal complaint about Condo Association Boards is that they are slow to act.  Even for the most basic of requests, Owners are frequently frustrated by the fact that it takes weeks, or even months, for a Board to get back to an Owner.  Accusations of sloth, indifference, or even malice are common.  While in some cases these accusations can be true, there are also several structural and...

How to Prepare for a Condo Association Board Meeting

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Every month, Board Members around the country – no, around the world – meet to discuss and govern their Condo Associations.  For most outsiders (and insiders), this is not exactly the most exciting thing that happens in a given month.  However, with major budgets at stake, committee reports, and safety and security concerns – these meetings are quite important.  Being an...

Condo Association Security Plans

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Condo Association security is a tough topic – as I’ve covered here and here.  Although my Association is in a nice neighborhood, we’ve had our share of incidents, and each time it’s a bit jarring.  Today I’ll be covering the fundamentals of how to build a Condo Association security plan.   I will preface this by saying you should always work with a qualified security consultant who can...

February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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Midway through the month, February was looking like a yawn for Condo Association news.  Then several stories came out in rapid fire that caught my attention.  Without further ado, here is your February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup! The Nation’s Housing: Bipartisan vote bodes well for condo buyers Kenneth R. Harney, News OK, Feb 19 2016 By far the biggest and best news for Condo...

New Guide: Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association

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It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association.  All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced.  Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms, etc.  For our purposes, a “major” project will be defined as one that is paid for out of reserves and is around 10% or more of the Association’s...

Condo Association Safety and Security 201

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In the 101 edition of Condo Association Safety and Security, we covered the basics of how to ensure your Association is safe and secure.  Today we’ll follow up on more advanced topics to help you have a secure and safe Condo Association.   The AED Issue Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are one of the greatest inventions with regards to saving lives in the past few decades.  Combined...

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