By Bob Gourley Communications within a condominium or homeowners association are vital to the community’s success. In most states, timely communication is a right to the association member that is granted in the governing documents and guaranteed by law. Along with the financial and management efforts put forth by the community, communication is the third…
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Are Your Communications Secure?
By Bob Gourley Fences, security cameras, guards, and gates can go a long way towards bringing condominium owners peace of mind when it comes to their physical safety. But there is another type of security that should be pondered by community association leaders. Theft of data can be just as damaging to unsuspecting condo owners….
Explaining How You Govern Your Condominium Association
By Bob Gourley In a speech to the House of Commons in 1947, Winston Churchill said: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Leaders like Winston Churchill…
Governing Those Who Don’t Care
Include a sample proxy ballot in your condominium newsletter or HOA newsletter.
Ask Mister Condo!
By Bob Gourley Have you ever wondered where unit owners and residents turn to get advice on things they can and cannot do in their condo or HOA? In a perfect world, they would open their carefully constructed package of documents and fully comprehend the rules and regulations of their common interest community. However, as…
Elected to the Board… Now, What?
If you think it is simply enough to “do your best” while serving on the Board, you may be in for a rude awakening.
My Year of Living “Legislatively”
By Bob Gourley “The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they’ll sleep at night.” – widely attributed to Otto von Bismarck, German aristocrat and statesman “Decisions are made by those who show up.” – fictional President Josiah Bartlet on the TV show “The West Wing” Before I begin, I…
Landscaping: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!
By Bob Gourley If there is any one common element that gets residents talking and thinking about their condominium or HOA, it is landscaping. The state of appearance in any community association is a direct reflection of its residents and the people responsible for maintaining the look and feel of the property. For most associations,…
Tell Everyone How You Maintain, Protect, and Enhance!
By Bob Gourley Maintain – Protect – Enhance. This is the prime directive for Boards of Directors of Homeowner Associations across the country. By maintaining, protecting, and enhancing the assets of the association, the Board ensures that property values are maximized and owners’ interests are served. The majority of your association’s common fund will be…
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