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The Informed Condo Association Owner

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Many Condo Owners – possibly the majority – purchase a Condo property without a full appreciation of what they’re getting into.  They anticipate that by owning their property, they will be free from any sorts of burdens.  These individuals are often disappointed when they are impacted by rules and bylaws, when the Association can enter their unit or even a special assessment vote...

Being an Effective Investment Owner in a Condo Association

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Being an Owner in a Condo Association doesn’t necessarily mean you actually live in the property you own.  While Owners who live in a Condo Association are more likely to feel the impacts of that Association, Investment Owners also should be engaged.  After all, at the end of the day, your property is an investment – don’t neglect it.  Here are some tips to be an effective Investment Owner...

Fighting Apathy #9: Be a Better Condo Association Owner in Minutes

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One of the biggest mental hurdles for changing your behavior is where to start.  You want to be a better Owner, but it’s hard to break the habit of apathy.  You don’t have to go from an un-involved Owner to the head of the finance committee in one day.  The key is small, incremental time commitments to build the habit of involvement and break the habit of apathy.  I am a big fan of James...

August 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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August may be the time when most people are on vacation, but it wasn’t a slow month in the Condo and HOA world.  Hundred million dollar Condo Associations sinking into the ground, HOA Owners rallying to fight for their communities, and more Airbnb battles.  Enjoy the August 2016 Condo Association News! Ultra-luxe Millennium Tower is sinking and homeowners are furious Riley McDermid, San...

What to Expect as a New Board Member in a Condo Association

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Joining your Condo Board is the ultimate leap you can make in terms of your participation in your Condo Association.   Far beyond being an involved Owner or a committee member, joining the Board involves a new level of dedication, thick skin, and perseverance.  It is not for the faint of heart.  It does have benefits board and puts you in a position to protect your investment in your home and do...

You Get the Condo Association You Deserve

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I recently had a Twitter exchange with the folks over at Independent American Communities about this article.  The article in question blamed two things: local laws for lack of enforcement and the Community Associations Institute (CAI) for advocating for “authoritarian” powers for Associations.  While these are worth discussing as possible causes, I strongly believe that apathy is one of the...

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...

Fighting Apathy #8: Building a Network of Involved Condo Association Owners

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In any democratic community, you’re only as strong as your voting block.  People are often apathetic towards Condo Associations and HOAs, not realizing the importance of participation and representation. The bottom line is Associations are a form of democratic government – with the authority to tax you and govern your lifestyle.  An Involved Owner will want to find a network of like...

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...

Fighting Apathy #6: Protecting Board Powers in a Condo Association

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One of the themes I reiterate is that being in a Condo Association is about compromise and knowing when to back down.  But I also have mentioned that there are times where you need to lay down on the tracks.   Today’s Fighting Apathy will tell you when that’s OK and the right thing to do so that you are protecting Board Powers in a Condo Association.   One of the biggest slides an...

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