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Tips for Navigating a Condo Association Insurance Casualty

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Sometimes bad things happen when you’re a homeowner.  Scary things like hail, fire, tornados, acts of God – the long list of dangers you see in your homeowner’s insurance.  When something bad happens, the good news is that you probably have some form of insurance! The bad news is that if it’s a Condo Association insurance casualty, things are not as straightforward as they would be in a single...

Three Tips for Reviewing Homeowners’ Association Disclosure Documents

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Whether you are buying a new Condo or moving into a Homeowners’ Association, you must review the disclosure documents provided.  Most people see the hundreds of pages of documents handed over, roll their eyes, and move on. But you’re not most people! You’re a winner who wants to be an engaged and involved owner.  Or at the very least, you don’t want to be screwed by a bad Board who wants to...

Dealing with Condo Association Noise Issues

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“Quiet enjoyment” is a phrase that is common to real estate.  The concept is that an Owner will be able to live in a home in a peaceful manner.  As most Condo Owners know, quiet enjoyment can be elusive. There may be environmental issues, such as a nearby train or major roadway.  You might have noisy neighbors. In yet other situations, a noisy common element – such as an HVAC unit or water...

February 2018 Condo Association News

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February may be a short month, but it wasn’t lacking for interesting Condo and HOA news.  In the February 2018 Condo Association news roundup, we’ve got several topics of interest.  First, Maryland is considering a law that would limit the ability for developers to force Owners to waive their right to sue.  Second, a cautionary tale about why you should always pay late fees from your HOA –...

Five Condo Association Owner Bad Behaviors

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Continuing our bad behavior series, in this post we turn to Owners.  While Owners can often be the victims of bad Boards , they also can have their own flavor of bratty behavior.  In today’s post, we look at Condo Association Owner bad behaviors that can end up rubbing everyone the wrong way. #1: Showing Up to a Board Meeting Just to Complain – At the End! There are many different Owners you can...

Why are Condo Associations Difficult to Work With?

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Many Condo Owners have bad experiences with their Association.  These interactions are driven by a variety of factors.  There might be a bad Board filled with individuals who want to cause trouble.  Often, however, the issue isn’t so straightforward.  The reality is that a Condo Board’s job is complex.  Their job is not to look out for the Owner – they must look out for the Association...

Top Better Condo Life Articles of 2017

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Happy Holidays!  Hopefully you’re enjoying your holiday festivities and not working too hard.  As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to share the most popular articles of the year.  These three were the top Better Condo Life articles of 2017.  Enjoy! Three Ways to Annoy Condo Association Boards It seems that Condo Boards are often finding ways to annoy Owners.  However, this can be a two-way street...

Second Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories

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Can you believe it?  2017 is heading to the finish line.  Holiday decorations are up, and New Year’s plans are being made.  As we look toward the end of 2017, it is important to carry out a retrospective of 2017 Condo Association horror stories for the latter half of the year.  You should always keep bad news in perspective, but it is important for Owners to make sure they know what signs of...

Three Bad Reasons to Join a Condo Board

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The job of Condo Association Board member is not an easy one.  You’re faced with a wide variety of different challenges, and the job is completely unpaid.  Most people join Boards for the right reasons – namely to make their community a better place.  Unfortunately, there is ample evidence in the news that some people join with malicious intent.  Here are three bad reasons to join a Condo...

What to do When Condo Association Assessments Increase

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There are only two things certain in life – death and taxes.  Unfortunately, Condo fees – also known as assessments – are a form of taxes.  They pay for the maintenance and operation of your Association.  The key with assessments is to try to keep them as low as possible while still properly funding the necessities.  When Condo Association assessments increase, Owners want to...

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