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“Building Community” in Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • 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 ...
  • Strengthening Your Community February 3, 2017 The community in which we live has a great influence on our lives. Whether that’s relaxing during the summer at the community pool. Or, on the other hand, getting frustrated that our neighbor’s perennials don’t mesh well in the spring. Comfortable, stable communities significantly improve the quality of our lives. Strong communities often have accessible parks and recreation facilities, quality education programs, safe housing, and all of the everyday comforts we so often take for granted. But what does it ...
  • Handling Touchy Complaints in Co-Ops and Condos: It’s About Sense and Sensitivity February 2, 2017 Conflict comes hand-in-hand with living in close quarters. Such is the nature of condominium and cooperative living. Some dust-ups between neighbors are settled with a polite conversation, or a mild nudge from the condo or co-op board. Others can get out of hand, and in extreme cases be dragged out for years via the courts.  But what about ostensibly mild discrepancies that involve sensitive topics — things such as sex, smells, parenting — where the line between personal preference and ...
  • Four Signs of a Well-Run Condo Association January 26, 2017 For legitimate reasons, much of Association life is dealing with bad Boards and Association challenges. While bad headlines often dominate the news, the reality is that there are a number of very well-run Condo Associations that are creating great quality of life for Owners. You may be wondering if you live in one of them – or even better, maybe you are a Board member wondering if you’re helping run one. Here are four signs of a well-run Condo Association. ...
  • Effectively Befriending Neighboring Condo Associations January 9, 2017 All of life is about neighbors. In a Condo Association, it is important that within your building you are building networks of like-minded Owners and generally being a good neighbor. In our urban and suburban world, even buildings have neighbors. Just as it is important to be a good neighbor within your building, you want to be a good neighbor outside of your building, as well. One of the keys is befriending neighboring Condo Associations. And don’t worry – these ...

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