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The Most Important Condo Association Documents You’re Not Reading

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Most Condo Association business is as exciting as watching paint dry.  Unfortunately, this further extends to most Condo Association documents, as well.  The fact that these documents are boring and often intimidating leads most Owners to ignore them.  These same Owners who ignore documents find themselves shocked and upset when suddenly they are on the hook for thousands of dollars or find...

The Importance of Condo Association Good Will

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Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources.  How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments?  Does your community budget well?  How do you maintain reserves?  The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival.  But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect...

How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better

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  Most people in a HOA or a Condo Association – if they are not indifferent – want to have a better Association.  The internet is full of helpful articles and blogs that will help educate you on how to change your Condo and HOA.  But there is an unfortunate challenge that faces every homeowner.  Education is just one step of the process.  If you want to improve Condo Association...

Fostering Condo Association Professionalism

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Condos are often accused – rightfully – of being cesspools of petty politics, micro tyrants, and generally miserable people.  While much of these accusations may be misguided and ungrounded, on the other hand, there is a substantial part of Condo life that unfortunately falls into this category.  A good part of this misery comes from apathy – where all the parties have frankly...

Fighting Apathy: Identifying Great Condo Board Member Candidates

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Condo Association Boards have an extremely challenging job when it comes to running their Associations.  They have substantial control over finances and the direction a community goes.  The fear of breaking bad – and resulting horror stories – is very real.  Good Board members hold things in check and grow a community.  In most Condo Associations, a Board has five, seven, or maybe...

Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, we covered the first steps to get involved in your condo association to fight apathy.  Today we’ll cover the final steps on how you can become a more involved and engaged Owner.   Step 3:  Identify General Fiscal Health Fiscal health is a very deep and complicated subject, particularly for a Condo Association, and especially so if you’re starting from scratch.  Today’s...

Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 1

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This is the second installment in a series of articles designed to help Condo Associations fight apathy, the number one cause of Condo Associations breaking bad.  Today’s focus is on helping Owners get involved in your Condo Association.  The first installment of Fighting Apathy was focused on Board members maintaining a “get to yes” attitude, aimed at both reminding Boards they exist to serve...

Fighting Apathy #1: Condo Board Get to Yes Stretch

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Building upon my first post of the year, I am going to be posting tips to combating apathy in Associations.  These will be tips for everyone – Owners, Board members, and Management, focusing on different techniques.  Let’s start off with the first exercise: The Condo Board Get to Yes stretch.   Big bureaucracies – government is the worst offender of this – love one word:  “No.”...

The Number One Reason Association Boards Break Bad

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Looking at my Twitter feed, it often feels like a parade of Association horrors.  Embezzlement, corrupt Boards who never hold elections, Associations that have underfunded reserves – it seems like a nightmare.  Yet it’s estimated a whopping 20% of people live in either a Condo Association or HOA.  How do you avoid being a victim?  Why do Association Boards Break bad? Here’s the number one...

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