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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...

A Practical Overview of the Condo Association Reserve Study

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The Condo Association reserve study is perhaps the most boring document you can imagine.  It is also one of the most important for your community.  It is a foundational document for all of your financial planning as a community, and the difference between smooth sailing and a special assessment.  Here is an overview of the Condo Association reserve study. What are Condo Association Reserves? As a...

Tips for Starting a Condo Association Newsletter

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Communication is one of the most important aspects of a good community.  Figuring out how you can effectively communicate, on the other hand, is a challenge.  Starting a Condo Association newsletter is a great way for your community to convey information to your Owners.  The challenge, as with any product, is ensuring you have good, consistent content.   Pick the Right Frequency of Updates...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Four Condo Association Special Assessment Questions To Determine Project Cost

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Having determined the timing of a Special Assessment through your incredible detective skills (powered by ), the next logical question you’ll want to ask is how much will the Special Assessment cost.  Knowing it’s coming is one thing, but its cost is quite another.  Similar to the previous article, these are Condo Association Special Assessment questions you have a right to ask.  Whether or not...

Three Condo Association Special Assessment Questions To Determine Project Timing

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An informed and involved Owner will often attend monthly Condo Association meetings.  If your Board has been discussing big projects during meetings, you might start to wonder if things are going well or not.  Sometimes work is routine, but other times there might be a rough road ahead.  When a Condo Association Special Assessment is looming, there are several things you need to do as an Owner...

Tips for Asking Good Questions at Condo Association Meetings

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The monthly Condo Association meeting is one of the most important – yet ignored – aspects Condo life.  Often these meetings are about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow.  However, they also offer deep insights as to how your Association is being governed and how your money is being spent.  You might learn about an impending major project or get a leg up on planning for a...

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