Living Better Blog

How to Handle Every Stage of a Snowstorm

Posted by Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Mar 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While residents of warmer clients experienced some early Spring weather, some regions have experienced extreme winter weather patterns this season and for a few of us that meant record breaking snow levels. Even right now, in some parts of the country snow is still falling, and as some may be inspired to dust off their snowboard and head to the slopes, those of us in community management know snow and ice mean a season of high alert and maintenance coordination.

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Topics: Community Living

Partner Post: Five Tips for an Effective Annual Condo Association Meeting

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This post was republished with permission from

Annual condo association meetings are one of the cornerstones of association life. While monthly board meetings might draw a handful of people, you usually will see a couple dozen at the annual meetings. Some boards treat the annual meeting like a “check the box” activity, which is a huge mistake. Instead, your annual condo association meeting is an opportunity for owner engagement and education. It’s a chance to recruit and gather momentum. The key is to structure the meeting so as to ensure it is an effective annual condo association meeting and not a mundane one.  

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Topics: Community Living

3 Ways to Become a More Effective Council Member

Posted by Laszlo Antal on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While most strata corporations are not self-managed and a professional management company is hired to help guide strata councils, legislation such as the prevalent Strata Property Act gives absolute power to the owners and council to make final decisions on strata matters. The intent of the Strata Property Act is to empower owners in their strata communities to establish procedures that will serve the best interest of their strata corporation. 

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Topics: Community Living

Follow the Money: Explaining to Residents How Their Funds Are Spent

Posted by John Hensley on Mar 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the most common questions homeowners ask board members and community managers alike is, “What are you doing with our money?” Understanding how to answer that question is important for all board members.

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Topics: Finances, Community Living

Your Community's Formal Collection Policy Actually Benefits Residents. Here's How.

Posted by Lea Marcou on Mar 7, 2017 9:45:21 AM

While many associations are lucky enough to experience very few delinquent accounts, others are not so fortunate. Whether your community is at one end of the past-due spectrum or the other, it is still important for your community to have a formal, written, collection policy in place. 

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Topics: Community Living





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