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The Condo Association Board Engineer Profile

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This week’s Condo Association Board personality profile is the Condo Association Board Engineer.  The Condo Association Board Engineer may not ACTUALLY be an engineer – but they think like one.  Everything can be broken down into a solvable puzzle – whether the challenge is related to building systems or Owners.   The Condo Association Board Engineer Mantra – “If everyone...

First Half 2017 Airbnb Condo News Roundup

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At the start of the year, one of the Better Condo Life predictions was that the controversies surrounding short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO would start to get settled by the end of 2017.  A little more than halfway through the year, there has been a substantial amount of activity in a number of different cities and states.  To catch you up, here your first half 2017 Airbnb Condo news...

July 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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Happy Summer!  Hopefully your Condo Association is having plenty of social events (link) to celebrate the weather.  While summer can bring a lull, there is plenty going on in the July 2017 Condo Association news.  There are updates on Michigan’s new Airbnb tax that was covered last month (link).  There’s good advice on a proper checklist for Owners altering their homes or properties.  And...

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 Challenge of Being a Condo Association Public Figure

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A Condo Board member faces many challenges.  But one that often goes unremarked is the fact that you are a Condo Association public figure – in addition to all your other jobs.  At the end of the day, you are an elected public official.  You run an Association that might be modest in size, or could be a thousand units.  You have the ability to tax people and punish them.  Along with this...

Three Condo Association Governance Tips

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Governing a Condo can be an exceedingly trying task.  One of the big surprises you’ll face as a new Board member is sorting through what’s important and what is not.  Some things that seem really stupid turn out to be important.  Other things that are obviously important won’t be told to you.  Here are three Condo Association governance tips for new Board members to help you hit the ground...

Condo Association Social Media Tips

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In a digital age, a Condo Association cannot rely on the “old way” of doing business.  Paper mailers – an email – while necessary, are not sufficient.  If you want to have an effective and connected Association, you need a wide range of digital outreach techniques.  Social media plays an important role in the combination of outreach tools.  Like many digital engagement methods, there...

First Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories

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Better Condo Life is dedicated to helping Condo Owners, Board members, and Management have the best Condo experience possible.  Informed and involved Owners, good Board members and engaged Management will lead a great community.  Sometimes, however, Condo Associations face tough times.  These might be anything from construction defects or issues due to negligence or corruption.  Here are the...

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