How Much Value Do They Add to Your Community?
Everyone can use a little help now and again. The residents of condominiums, co-ops or homeowners’ associations are no e…
When Fees Aren’t Paid
The last three apartments in your luxury hi-rise condo were sold to a troika of Russian oligarchs, who all paid well abo…
Handling Resident Complaints
Making Sure Every Voice Is Heard
By all accounts, most boards of condominiums, cooperatives or homeowners’ associations are doing their best. After all, …
No Spaces Anywhere
The State of Parking in Chicago
It’s 6 pm. on a Tuesday night when the Chicago Cubs are in town and it’s game night in Lakeview’s Wrigleyville neighbor…
Keeping Track of Paperwork
Properly Managing Association Records
While keeping the records of the association is not the most fascinating part of serving on a board, it is in some ways…
Means, Methods, and Materials
Cities and suburbs can be dirty places – and unfortunately, getting that dirt off the façade of a building takes more th…
How’s Your Facade?
Constructed as they are out of materials like brick, concrete, or even stone, the exterior walls of an apartment buildin…
Your Building’s Plumbing
Plumbing the Depths
Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted, perhaps none is as profoundly basic—and indispensable—as indoor plu…
So You Want to be a Board Member?
What's Involved, and What It Means
The Value of Redecorating
Do Aesthetic Changes Increase Value?