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Ways to Reinvigorate an Apathetic Condo Association Board

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Fighting apathy is one of the hardest parts of being on a Condo Association Board.  Whether it’s the grind of the pace of Condo leadership, or bad Board members getting their way, Boards can fall into a rut.  This can be incredibly stressful and discouraging, and lead to Board burnout. A telling sign of these ruts is when the majority of work is done by a minority of Board members.  This becomes...

Condo Association Problem Solving Strategies

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One of the worst habits of Condo Boards is the desire to bicker and debate issues which the Board is wholly unqualified to answer.  Nothing is more eye roll-inducing from Board meeting attendees than hearing people who have no idea about a technical subject – say, concrete – debate for a half hour.  This is not efficient or productive. This is the age of the internet, and there are numerous ways...

Primary Condo Association Board Duties

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Being on a Condo Board entails numerous tasks.  Some include intense planning, such as a major project or special assessment.  Other tasks must be more oriented towards being a leader within your community. There are certain Condo Association Board duties which make up the bread and butter of your activities.  No matter what else you work on, you can expect that these three activities are part of...

Writing an Elegant Condo Association Request Denial Letter

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Owner requests are one of the many issues that a Board needs to deal with.  These can range from simple things like parking policy exemptions to more challenging requests like substantial unit modifications.  Unfortunately, as a Board must look out for the Association’s fiduciary duty and other considerations, sometimes the answer is no.  While “no” isn’t an Owner’s ideal outcome, you can avoid...

Tips to Maintain Condo Association Momentum

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Keeping Condo Association business moving is a significant challenge communities face.  There are numerous legitimate reasons that Condos can move slowly.  As volunteers with a fiduciary duty towards the Association, Board members must take responsibility and ensure that progress is made.  Despite positive intentions, however, sometimes Boards struggle to move the ball forward.  It might be...

Five Condo Association Board Member Bad Behaviors

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The goal of this blog is to help you lead a better Condo life.  Primarily, we focus upon the positive – how to be a better Owner, better Board member or better Manager.  The reality is that even the most saintly of people can’t always be positive.  Humans are flawed, and it often seems that Condo Associations bring out the worst in people.  In this new series, we will be highlighting irritating...

How to Kill a Zombie Condo Association Issue

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Condo Associations face a big range of issues – both those important and unimportant.  One particular type of issue which can haunt you is the Zombie Condo Association issue.  These challenges are mindless, unkillable, and a frustrating aspect of Condo life.  However, with these steps, you can make sure that you effectively end the zombie issues and make sure they don’t eat your brains...

Responding to Unimportant Condo Association Challenges

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In Monday’s post we covered the issue with important Condo Association challenges.  However, not every challenge you face will be important.  Many will be trivial, perhaps laughably so – that’s just part of the job.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t respond to such issues; in some ways, responses to these issues are harder as you must maintain professionalism as you do so.  Equally...

Responding to Important Condo Association Challenges

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Being involved in a Condo Association is a constant stream of work.  It is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you are constantly running at high speed, you’ll burn out.  One of the keys to success is learning how to manage your workload and the pace of Condo life.  There is a fine line between managing pace and slacking.  Ultimately what drives your pace of response is the importance and urgency of...

The Importance of Using Technology In Condo Associations

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Technology has been transforming our society and an incredibly rapid pace.  A smartphone has comparable computing power than all of the NASA computers that sent a man to the moon.  And smart phones are now used by over 200 million people.  Despite this rapid adoption in nearly every aspect of our life, for some reason community Associations struggle with technology.  Oddly, you just don’t...

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