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  • Lifestyle at Home: Keeping Young Ones Engaged

    Not only will they learn something new every day, but it'll also keep their minds bright and busy.
  • Storm Preparedness in Any Forecast for Texas HOAs and COAs

    We're breaking down the most common types of Texas weather events and how your association can maximize your storm preparedness for any forecast.
  • The 12 Yeas & Nays of COA Social Media

    Get 12 Do's & Don'ts of social media management.
  • The High-Rise Effect: Social Media 101

    Find out how your condo association could benefit from the online presence you deserve!
  • 8 Social Strategies to Manage Online Presence in HOAs & COAs

    Do you use social media to manage online presence for your association? See our top 8 ways to maintain a positive reputation across multiple platforms.
  • What Are Some Strategies for Effective Communication?

    Do your residents have the 411? See how board members can create an effective communications strategy that gets everyone talking!
  • 4 Ways Your Board Can More Effectively Communicate Your Condo’s Budget

    Creating your condominium corporation’s annual budget is one of the most important responsibilities your board has. It takes a lot of hard work and may require spending decisions that won’t be popular with unit owners. Consequently, owners may voice strong objections or even question the board’s ability to manage the corporation’s money.
  • Creating Positive Interactions Between Condo Board Members

    Everyone brings their own assumptions and methods of completing tasks to each group to which they belong. Condominium board members are no different. While the diversity of the group can be its greatest strength, it also can create difficulties between the individual members. It is important to structure condo board meetings in a way that creates a professional and positive working relationship. Here are some tips to help boards achieve this.
  • Cyber-Security Part One: How Residents in Condo Communities Can Protect Their Tech

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

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

    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.
  • Drowning in Paperwork? Six Guidelines for Getting it Organized

    We all know that “organizing paperwork” is not at the top of most people’s list of things-to-do. Most likely we also know that it suddenly achieves high importance when we have to ask ourselves “now where did I see/put that?” When speaking of the documents of a condominium corporation, it is imperative that these be accessible and up-to-date when they are needed. These six guidelines will help you get it organized.
  • Effective Communication During Social Distancing

    To communicate effectively, the community manager and board members should first determine whether the discussion is most effectively handled electronically, or by phone or teleconferencing. For example, owners have the right to observe board meetings; thus, hosting one via e-mail is not appropriate. Almost everyone has a phone, but some people don’t feel comfortable with new technology.
  • How to Communicate so Condo Residents Listen

    Are residents in your condominium corporation always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with?
  • How to Communicate: What Your Board Should Know and Do

    You want your condo community to be successful. All board members do. You know that means watching the finances carefully and maintaining the property. But do you think about effective board communication as an ingredient in your recipe for success? It is!
  • How to Improve Communication in Your Condo Corporation

    As a homeowner, you can do your part to make communication in your condominium corporation better. Find out how.
  • Is Your Management Company a Good Communicator?

    Is good communication important to your property management company? Use this questionaire to find out.
  • Nine Things to Know About Conflicts of Interest

    The term “conflict of interest” is often used when discussing board member activities, but it is one that is not always understood. Having a clear definition of what is and what is not a conflict of interest is critical to a board as it carries out its duties on behalf of the rest of the owners.
  • Preventing Condominium Issues When Snowbirds Fly the Coop

    As Canadians anticipate spending the winter months knee-deep in snow and freezing temperatures, it’s likely that some residents in your condominium corporation community are anticipating spending some of their winter in a warmer climate.
  • Six Simple Steps to Develop Your Condo Budget

    A good budget provides the framework for the successful operation of a condominium corporation. Sometimes condo board members are daunted by this important undertaking. We have broken the task down into manageable steps to help you create a financial plan that will accomplish your goals.
  • The Do’s & Don’ts of Board Communication

    Are Residents in Your Condo Corporation Getting the Message? Does your board know the secrets of effectively communicating with residents?
  • 5 Ways to Stop Disagreements from Taking Over Your Board Meetings

    If you’ve ever been a volunteer board member, you probably know the importance of board meetings. However, sometimes they are not as productive and professional as they could be. Delicate situations can arise. To keep your meetings focused, respectful and collaborative, put these helpful tips into practice.
  • Getting the Right Training to Be a Successful Board Member

    Most people who join the board of their condominium corporation aren’t experts. Rather, they are well-intentioned, dedicated volunteer-leaders who want to protect property values and ensure their community continues to be a great place to live. If you’re a new board member – or even a seasoned one – it’s important to get the training you need to govern effectively and address the issues you may face.
  • What are Your Property Manager’s Responsibilities

    What are your property manager's responsibilities? Find out if they have what it takes. Upcoming Condominium Management Licenses and more.
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