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The Better Condo Life Principles

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This post is long overdue.  This blog was started to help everyone involved in a Condo Association – Owners, Board, and Management – lead a better Condo life.  But what does that really mean?  After seeing the Condo Association ecosystem in action, I have a good grasp of the Better Condo Life Principles.  They’re not for everyone, but if you like what you see – then this blog is...

Being a Condo Association Board Mentor

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You’ve done it.  Several years – maybe even multiple terms – as a Condo Association Board member and you’re suddenly an accomplished veteran.  You have multiple major projects under your belt, and you’ve improved your community – maybe by starting a committee.  Now that you’re a veteran, it is time for you to pass that information on to the new blood and become a Condo...

The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association

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Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque.  There is no denying that money plays a part in this process.  You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding things like maintenance, landscaping, and more.  However, there is a secret that many Condo Associations don’t know.  The secret to a well-maintained...

Three Condo Association Communications Committee Project Ideas

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Condo Association Committees are an excellent way for a Community Association to increase engagement and offer more value for Owners.  Different Committees have different roles.  Typically a Communications Committee will be responsible for increasing outreach and engagement within a community.  They function best in larger communities where the Association has a bigger budget and there’s more...

Four Tips for a Productive Condo Association Committee

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Condo Association Committees can be a powerful force within a Condo Association.  As Associations are volunteer entities, they are only as strong (or weak) as the level of Owner engagement.  Boards typically have their hands full with things like major projects , Special Assessments  and hearings.  When you add in jobs, kids, and school, this leaves most Boards with little bandwidth.  This is...

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...

Three Questions to ask Prospective Condo Association Board Candidates

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Condo elections are incredibly important.  New Condo Board members help fight apathy and infuse new energy into Boards.  On the other hand, established veterans who have led the Association for years are critical as well.  Too often, the “campaign” part of Condo elections is overlooked.  Prospective Condo Association Board candidates should be interviewed by Owners as you would any...

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...

Putting Bad Condo Association News in Perspective

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One of the most frustrating parts of Condo Association and HOA life is all of the terrible things that seem to be happening in the news.  There are all sorts of horror stories that detail what can happen.  Homes seized, embezzlement, sinking buildings – you name it.  It can be very easy to assume that all Condo Associations are full of evil, incompetent idiots.  While there are many bad...

Three Great Reasons to Join a Condo Association Board

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Making the decision to join a Condo Association Board is a big step.  You’ll be responsible for the governance and management of a community – possibly one with hundreds or thousands of people living in it.  The job will be intense.  Before you make this big leap, you need to ask yourself: Do I want to join a Condo Association Board for the right reasons?  What are the great reasons to join...

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