10 Ways to Get the Most Out of the 2015 ACMO / CCI-T Condominium Conference

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Are you attending the Annual Condo Conference in Toronto? Check out these conference tips!

The 19th Annual Condo Condominium Conference is one of the biggest events in the condominium community. If you are involved in the condominium industry as a property manager, board member or a vendor, this conference is the place to be.

What can you expect from the Condo Conference?

This year’s keynote speaker is Warren Macdonald, who climbed Cradle Mountain in Tasmania just ten months after a climbing accident left him a double amputee. We’re particularly looking forward to his talk, “Finding Opportunity in Adversity,” which is sure to inspire everyone in the audience.

Also featured are many discussions about specific topics throughout both days. We’ve hand-picked our favourite sessions and will reveal them to you in a future post. For now, here are some tips on getting the most out of the event!

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Top 5 Sessions You Can’t Miss at 19th Annual ACMO / CCI-T Condo Conference 2015

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If you’re attending ACMO/CCI-T Condo Conference this year in Toronto, you’re in for an experience. With thousands in attendance, over 170 exhibitors and 20 sessions, the agenda includes networking opportunities, learning sessions, and presentations by some of the greatest thought leaders in our industry. It is sure to be an action-packed event. Here’s a list of the top 5 sessions you don’t want to miss.

1. The Great Director Debate: Is there a Place for Professional Directors?

When: Friday 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 1D Session

Richard Elia (Elia Associates) moderates a panel that includes Carol Dirks (Fogler, Rubinoff), Christine Dunn, Bill Thompson (Malvern Condominium Property Management) and Ian Waldron (MTCC # 1385), to discuss the possibility of condominiums engaging “professional directors.” The discussion will explore scenarios where outside paid help for director roles may be more suitable in certain condominiums where there is a lack of participation or consensus.

This is certainly a must-see discussion on a topic that has not sufficiently addressed in the past, but one that is increasingly relevant and one that can drastically alter the condominium landscape in Ontario.

2. Shared Facilities

When: Friday 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: 2C Session

The current President of ACMO, Catherine Murdock (DEL Property Management), leads a discussion with Stephen Chesney (Parker Garber Chesney), Deborah Holmes and Warren Kleiner (Miller Thomson), on issues with regards to shared facilities.

Managing shared facilities is an issue that comes up regularly in condos as different corporations have different standards, capabilities and resources to manage them. What do you do when a condo corporation has financial problems or high monthly fees and the board insists that the shared facilities fees be frozen or reduced?

It will be interesting to see how such issues will be addressed by the panel.

3. Status Certificates – Managers and Condo Corp Liability – It’s a Nightmare!

When: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: 4A Session

Lawyer, Denise Lash (Lash Condo Law) moderates a panel consisting of Michael Kalisperas (Royale Grande Property Management) and David Thiel (Fogler, Rubinoff) on the topic of status certificates. Status certificates has been a hot topic of late – this discussion will revolve around recent precedence-setting cases, such as Orr v. MTCC # 1056.

This is one of the talks we are most excited for as there seems to be many misconceptions and ambiguity with status certificates. This talk promises to clear up a lot of the questions we have.

4. Directors’ Toolkit

When: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: 4C/D and 5C/D Session

Geared for condominium directors, this two-part discussion is led by Chris Antipas (360 Community Management), with Cynthia Chung (Del Property Management), Alan Rosenberg (A.R. Consulting), Bradley Chaplick (Fine & Deo), Richard Pearlstein (Northcan Property Management) and Aji Montenegro (TSCC # 2062). It will go over valuable tools and advice to help board members better understand and manage day-to-day issues facing their corporations.

This is a great topic that can serve as a refresher for seasoned property managers and board members or as an introduction to newly appointed ones.

5. How Will the Proposed Changes to the Condominium Act and the Proposed Management Services Act Affect You?

When: Saturday 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Closing Luncheon

The hottest topic in the Ontario condo landscape is the new Condo Act. Current President of CCI-Toronto, Mario Deo (Fine & Deo), along with Armand Conant (Shibley Righton) and Sally Thompson (Synergy Partners), address a wide range of topics on how the proposed changes will alter the industry.

From the establishment of the Condo Authority, to the use of electronic tools in condo management, to reserve funds and many more, this session will hopefully debunk some of the mystique surrounding this new Act.

Stop by to meet the Evercondo team at Booth #903. We’ll be giving away our awesome custom designed “Condo Management Rocks” t-shirts. We hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, be sure to follow us at @EvercondoApp on Twitter for updates from the event. (You can still register to attend.)

How To Improve Participation in Condo Board Elections

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Does the apple pie contest get more votes than your condo board elections? These tips will bring even the most reluctant of residents to the ballot box.

Let’s be honest, getting condo residents out to your association meeting is challenging at best. Some meetings don’t require a huge turnout, and that’s fine. You probably don’t need a large turnout for voting on a landscaping contract.

It’s a different story when you are scheduling condo board elections. This is a vote that will directly impact residents, and in order to keep your condo community happy, residents need to feel like they have a vested interest in how the property is managed.

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10 Ways to Prepare for the Ontario Condominium Act

ontario condominium actChange is coming. The Ontario Condominium Act, which is expected to go into law at the end of 2016, will bring fundamental change to the way condos in Ontario are governed.

Bill 106, also know as the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015, is a groundbreaking set of laws. It is being hailed as one of the most advanced laws regarding condominium governance anywhere in the world.

So often, though, laws are enacted, and don’t have any real consequence for most of us. The Ontario Condominium Act is different; it offers legal protection to condo owners and is written with modern realities in mind.

Here are 10 actions the Ontario Condominium Act will put in place to change condo governance, and how you can prepare for the coming changes.

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Swimming Pool Etiquette for Courteous Condo Tenants

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When you live in a condo community, swimming pool etiquette is more complex than just not peeing in the pool.

Just like any community location, manners go a long way in helping everyone get along. Swimming pool etiquette is every bit as important as laundry room etiquette or keeping the noise down at night. And it goes far beyond not peeing in the pool.

Even though we know we should say “please” and “thank you” and we should hold the door for the person walking in behind us, we don’t learn swimming pool etiquette the same way.

This makes sense, of course. After all, few of us spend as much time in a pool as we do walking through doorways.

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Smart Condos: The Simple Secret to a Better Condo Life

smart condosSmart condos are coming down the pipeline. How can you transform your personal space before your neighbors do?

We’re living in the future.

In the early 1960s, The Jetsons lived in a state-of-the-art home – what we would now call smart condos. This high-tech family could control their entire living environment with voice commands, and they even had a robot-maid that took care of anything that came up in running the household.

We may not have flying cars just yet, but we do live in a world where your condo can be as smart as you want it to be. All you have to do is take it to the next level.

These seven cool apps make smart condos an easy choice, and an easy way to bring your home into the 21st century.

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The Insider’s Guide to Property Management Marketing Ideas

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If you’ve worked in property management for a while now, you’re probably bored with the same old marketing techniques you’ve used over and over again to attract new condo buyers and keep your current residents happy. You might be thinking that you need to start from scratch, but that isn’t the case.

Before you completely ditch your marketing strategies, it might be a good idea to reevaluate what you’ve been doing for marketing for the past few years. Of all your strategies that have been implemented, take note of what seemed to work and what didn’t. Consider finances such as money spent and the return on investment when considering which techniques you’d like to consider using. Look backward so that you can plan forward. [Read more…]

6 Things Every New Condo Owner Needs to Know

Just purchased a new unit? Congratulations! And if you’re thinking to yourself: ‘Now, what?’, fret not, here’s a quick new owner’s cheat sheet on the basics of condo living to get you started on your new adventure!

New Condo Unit

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Being the Good Condo Neighbor

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1. Neighbors

Yes, you now have neighbors! The rule of thumb is to really be the type of neighbor you want to have – the basics of course include being reasonable with noise levels, especially when it comes to music during house and/or dinner parties etc. And because this is a home where you will spend, at least the next few years living in, it pays to cultivate a good relationship with the people living around you.

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Introduction to the 2015 Condominium Act (Ontario) Reform: Major Changes Coming

Introduction to the 2015 Condominium Act (Ontario) Reform: Major Changes Coming and How It Alters the Toronto Condo Landscape

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If you’re involved in the Ontario condominium industry or even passively follow news with regards to it, chances are that you’re aware there will be a significant reform of the Condominium Act, 1998 (the “Act”), which essentially governs condo communities across the province. A refresh of the Act has been long overdue as there is a dire need for it to reflect today’s realities.

A Whole New World

Before addressing the major changes coming to the Act, context is required. The Act came into force in 2001, where the condo landscape was merely at the tip of what it is today. While the intense growth of the condo market is shared across the board in many North American cities, no other city has rivaled the explosive growth of Toronto’s landscape during the same period.

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