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“Building Community” in Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better March 23, 2017 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 culture, it takes more than just education. You also need action, ...
  • Creating the right culture for your HOA March 16, 2017 Power over our own destinies is inherently circumscribed by the matryoshka dolls of governance that preside over our existence. From the complexities of international diplomacy to our national sociopolitical boondoggle to the more specific doctrines emanating from state houses and county buildings, we are subject to enormous levels of outside influence. Here in our fair valley, the homeowners’ association is the most local of our governments. In contradistinction to the remote authority exerted from Denver or Washington, HOA boards and ...
  • How to Handle Conflict: Try to be Neighborly March 14, 2017 Notwithstanding your best efforts and those of other members within the community, conflict is bound to happen. The key to resolving this conflict without the need for expensive attorneys or hateful battles is in how the conflict is addressed.  While trying to be neighborly within your community makes common sense, it is something that appears to have been lost in recent years. By making friends with your neighbors or at least having a civil speaking relationship with them, you can ...
  • Be neighborly — a simple kindness goes a long way March 2, 2017 It’s amazing the kindness that the gift of a quick and easy breakfast can convey.  After all, who doesn’t like a sausage biscuit, especially when it’s free?  That’s what members of the Valley North Homeowners Association discovered when they passed out complimentary sausage biscuits and bottles of water to 150 residents of Valley North subdivision in Jackson as they were heading off to work, school and other endeavors on Feb. 13.   Read the article……………..
  • Condo Tenants: A Potential Asset February 14, 2017 Question: We have been renting a condominium unit in a fairly large complex for the last several years, and our current plans are to stay here for several more years. For financial and other personal reasons, we do not want to buy. However, quite frankly we feel that we are second class citizens in this condominium complex. We recognize that we cannot serve on the Board of Directors. However, we want to get involved in various condominium activities, including the ...
  • You Can Make a Difference! February 13, 2017 Driving to and from your garage and merely existing in an association is not the only option. Living within an association provides you with many opportunities to become involved in your community. Assuming you meet any qualifications which exist within the documents, one of the best ways to be involved in your community is to serve on the board of directors. By getting involved, you can make a difference!     Read the article………….
  • Building a Stronger Community: Encouraging Neighbors February 13, 2017 Are condominiums, co-ops and HOAs cohesive communities? Is community part and parcel of what the purchaser is seeking when they buy into a co-op, condo or HOA? The concept of ‘community cohesiveness’ could be defined as a community in which there is a common vision and a sense of belonging, and where the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued. A frequently-cited reason for buying a condo or co-op over a single family home is the desire ...
  • Avoiding Discrimination and Its Legal Consequences: The Power of Equality February 6, 2017 Despite the fact that most people would agree that discrimination is a bad thing, discrimination persists, which suggests either that existing laws against it are sometimes ignored, or that the legal definition of ‘discrimination’ isn’t always clear. Fortunately, when it comes to condos, co-ops and HOAs there are laws at the federal, state and local levels to guide boards in making decisions that will steer them clear of the ethical breach that discriminatory practices represent, as well as the legal ...
  • Building a Stronger Community: Encouraging Neighbors February 6, 2017 Are condominiums, co-ops and HOAs cohesive communities? Is community part and parcel of what purchasers are seeking when they buy into a co-op, condo or HOA? The concept of ‘community cohesiveness’ could be defined as a community in which there is a common vision and a sense of belonging, and where the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued.     Read the article…………
  • Four Ideas for Condo Association Social Events February 6, 2017 Building a sense of community in a Condo Association is always a challenge. Fighting apathy isn’t easy, and Owners are busy with “real lives.” Nonetheless, having a strong community is always a priority. A good way to try to build your sense of community is to hold events to bring like-minded Owners together. Not every event works for every community. Your job is to assess the types of Owners you have and what sticks. Here are some tried and true ...

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