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The Six Ways a Condominium Management Company Adds Value

Posted on Thursday February 23, 2017

If your condominium corporation is self-managed, you may think everything is going along just fine. But what you may not realize is just how much a professional condominium management company could improve your community and how much money it could save your corporation in the long run.

Five Fundamental Roles on Your Condominium Board

Posted on Tuesday February 21, 2017

To be successful, a condominium community needs a dedicated Board of Directors who understand their roles and responsibilities and are committed to fair representation of the residents they have been elected to serve.

Eight Myths about Partnering with a Property Management Company: Busted

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

Despite its size and pervasiveness, the property management industry is a mystery to many people. They aren’t sure exactly what a property management company does that they can’t do on their own, the benefits of partnering with a quality property management firm or what to look for when shopping for one.

How Healthy and Effective Is Your Condominium Board?

Posted on Tuesday February 07, 2017

How well is your condo board functioning? Do your meetings feel fluid and productive, or are you stuck in a rut? Do members of your condo corporation trust your board, or are people starting to raise questions about how operations are run? Regardless of how well you think your board is currently functioning, it is always a good idea to conduct a thorough, honest evaluation of your board.

Defining Condo Corporation Leaders’ Rights and Responsibilities to Create Better Communities

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017

When your condominium board members (and your property management team, if you are working with a professional management company) have a thorough understanding of their rights and responsibilities, it helps to create a more inviting community. Your community is more likely to be effectively managed and well-maintained, which leads to happier residents.

Cyber Security Part Two: Board Member Tips for Keeping Your Condo Association Safe

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the importance of cyber security to your condo association and the steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their association. In this article, we look at your board’s responsibility in preventing cyber attacks.

How Your Condo Board Can Ensure Great Communication

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

For a condominium corporation, great communication relies on an open exchange of information, thoughts and ideas among residents, board members and your property management company. When communication is done well, you can get the answers you need, tackle challenges and strengthen community spirit. 

Cyber-Security Part One: How Residents in Condo Communities Can Protect Their Tech

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

Like it or not, we have become very dependent on our technology. Whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or computer, our devices enable us to stay connected, conduct business and access information anywhere, anytime. Yet as convenient as these devices may be, cyber security is simply not a priority for the majority of tech users—despite the increased prevalence of cyber attacks. One recent attack even occurred in our own backyard at the University of Alberta.
 
In part one of our two-part series, we look at why cyber security is so important to condo associations. We also provide important steps that residents in your condo community can take to protect their technology so that sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
 

Six Important Things You Need to Know as a New Board Member

Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

Some owners are reluctant to volunteer to be a condominium board member because they’ve never done it before. That’s why we developed these six essential tips for new board members to help them get up-to-speed quickly. If you consider these points as you get down to condo business, you will be successful in your new role ─ one in which you really can make a difference.

LED Lighting: It’s a bright choice

Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2016

LED lighting is a great way for a condo building to save money on energy and light bulbs. Since the lights use much less energy and have a significantly longer operating life, the positive impact on the corporation’s operating budget is definitely worth the initial investment.

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