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BUSTED: The Top 5 Myths of Living in a Condominium
Dec05

BUSTED: The Top 5 Myths of Living in a Condominium

Written by: Drew Spencer

Here at Catalyst Condo Management, we’re big proponents of condo living. What a surprise, right? But, seriously, the blend of communal living, convenience, and general lifestyle that condo living offers is perfect for us,

   -   Comments   -   Dec 05 , 2017

Is Your Condo Building Ready for the Year Ahead?
Nov23

Is Your Condo Building Ready for the Year Ahead?

Written by: Drew Spencer

And just like that, we’re nearing the end of another year. With the New Year just around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice if your condominium’s building maintenance caused as minimal interruption to your condo residents as possible?

   -   Comments   -   Nov 23 , 2017

The How (and the Why) of the CPA Changes
Nov09

The How (and the Why) of the CPA Changes

Written by: Drew Spencer

Condo change is in the air here in Alberta making it an exciting time to be a condo owner! For years, the government has kicked around the idea of reworking the Condominium Property Act (CPA).

   -   Comments   -   Nov 09 , 2017

Aging Condo Building? How a Building Envelope Assessment Can Help
Oct19

Aging Condo Building? How a Building Envelope Assessment Can Help

Written by: Drew Spencer

The plain truth is that Alberta is a cyclical economy, where we go through steady boom and bust markets. Markets where everything is happening all the time and then markets where everything is stalled.

   -   Comments   -   Oct 19 , 2017

Avoid Condo Building Headaches with Preventative Maintenance
Oct05

Avoid Condo Building Headaches with Preventative Maintenance

Written by: Drew Spencer

If you’ve ever lived in a condo complex, chances are you’ve come to dread walking up to the front door at the end of a long day and seeing that dreaded 8½ X 11 sheet of paper taped to the glass:

   -   Comments   -   Oct 05 , 2017

Trends within the Calgary Condo Market
Sep21

Trends within the Calgary Condo Market

Written by: Drew Spencer

It’s pretty clear that the Calgary Real Estate market is going through a change and discovering what it’s “new normal” will be as we come out of the downturn. After years of rapid construction, particularly with condominium buildings,

   -   Comments   -   Sep 21 , 2017

The Ins and Outs of Condo Document Reviews
Sep07

The Ins and Outs of Condo Document Reviews

Written by: Drew Spencer

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most individuals will make in their lifetime. With such an important decision comes excitement, nervousness, and of course, stress! Is this the right home for you?

   -   Comments   -   Sep 07 , 2017

Property Manager Not Doing What You Want
Aug24

Property Manager Not Doing What You Want

Written by: Drew Spencer

What You Should Expect from Your Property Manager You own a condo unit and are keen to rent it out. Along the way, you realize that you just don’t want to manage everything that goes into renting your condo, such as putting a rental notice

   -   Comments   -   Aug 24 , 2017

Building Your Condo Community with Technology
Aug10

Building Your Condo Community with Technology

Written by: Drew Spencer

Your condo building isn’t just a place to rest your head. It’s a place that multiple people call home, coming together as part of a community. Just as with every community, it’s important that you know what’s happening to stay on top of key events,

   -   Comments   -   Aug 10 , 2017

A Condo is More Than Buying Four Walls
Jul20

A Condo is More Than Buying Four Walls

Written by: Drew Spencer

You’re moving into a condo – an experience unlike any other. While some may be of the belief that a condo is a condo is a condo, this is simply not the case. After all, buying a condo is different than renting an apartmentor living in a house with a yard of your own.

   -   Comments   -   Jul 20 , 2017

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?
Jul06

Condo Manager or Property Manager: What’s the Difference?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Condo Managers and Property Managers are not the same thing. There, we said it. While they are similar, there are clear differentiators that separate these two roles. It’s important that your condo board delineate the differences between the two services to ensure that you and your condo unit owners receive the proper service

   -   Comments   -   Jul 06 , 2017

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws
Jun22

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

Written by: Drew Spencer

A common condo owner / condo board discretion tale: a condo unit owner recently changed their washing machine in their suite. Unfortunately, as the individual unit owner replaced their machine, the hose used to connect to the water supply

   -   Comments   -   Jun 22 , 2017

Green Bins and Your Condo Building
Jun15

Green Bins and Your Condo Building

Written by: Drew Spencer

Green bins are finally coming to Calgary, bringing a much needed “greenness” to our city. But what does this mean for your condo building? How will your condo manage the aspects of implementing this new program and, once implemented,

   -   Comments   -   Jun 15 , 2017

Did You Drink the Wrong Kool-Aid?
May25

Did You Drink the Wrong Kool-Aid?

Written by: Drew Spencer

What your condo management contract is actually saying In reading your Condominium Management Services Contract, do you feel like it’s not talking to you? “There’s so much jargon,” “it’s full of redundancies, but isn’t saying anything clearly,

   -   Comments   -   May 25 , 2017

Board Bully Tearing Your Condo Apart?
May18

Board Bully Tearing Your Condo Apart?

Written by: Drew Spencer

We’ve all been around them – the one person who needs to be heard, who always has an opinion and likes to make sure everyone knows it. But, what if this person is doing more damage than good to the overall effectiveness of your condo board?

   -   Comments   -   May 18 , 2017

Why LEED Condo Buildings are of Great Benefit
May11

Why LEED Condo Buildings are of Great Benefit

Written by: Drew Spencer

What condo building in their right mind would spend $1000 on energy efficient light bulbs? Well, those interested in short term pain for long-term sustainable gain. Over the past number of years, “energy efficient” has made its way into everyday conversation.

   -   Comments   -   May 11 , 2017

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN RENOVATING A CONDO UNIT?
May04

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN RENOVATING A CONDO UNIT?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Renovating a condo is unlike renovating most other properties. Renovating a new condo is also different from revamping an old condo. If you are considering condo renovation, you should be aware of the rules governing renovations in the building.

   -   Comments   -   May 04 , 2017

Revolving door to your condo building?
Apr27

Revolving door to your condo building?

Written by: Drew Spencer

How Airbnb and short term leasing affects your condo living Your condo unit is your home, so you should be able to do whatever you want with it (that’s legal, of course), right? Not so fast. Part of the role of your condo board is to ensure the security

   -   Comments   -   Apr 27 , 2017

Adjusting to a multi-person living complex…
Apr20

Adjusting to a multi-person living complex…

Written by: Drew Spencer

Without wanting to kill your neighbours You’ve made the leap and sold your home in favour of downsizing to a smaller space. But, what do you do when you no longer have neighbours just beside you, but above and below as well. Living in a high-density

   -   Comments   -   Apr 20 , 2017

Is Your Condo Management Company Putting You at Risk?
Apr13

Is Your Condo Management Company Putting You at Risk?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Why your condo corporation needs a registered business number Did you know that your condominium is more than a residence? In reality, your condo is a corporation, similar to that of a non-profit. Yep, that’s right, you’re living in a corporation!

   -   Comments   -   Apr 13 , 2017

Thinking of Joining Your Condo Board?
Apr10

Thinking of Joining Your Condo Board?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Making real impact from within for your condo building This is it! This is the year you’re joining your Condo Board to become more involved with your condo community. Before you sign up, make sure you understand the realities of what being an effective

   -   Comments   -   Apr 10 , 2017

Importance of Code of Ethics for Condo Board Members
Apr07

Importance of Code of Ethics for Condo Board Members

Written by: Drew Spencer

When it comes to condo management, it is always recommended to set a code of ethics for the board members. They are required to act in an honest manner and in good faith. As a board member you should act in the best interests of the association.

   -   Comments   -   Apr 07 , 2017

How Can a Good Condo Management Company Help with Emergency Maintenance Services?
Mar24

How Can a Good Condo Management Company Help with Emergency Maintenance Services?

Written by: Drew Spencer

The ceiling can have a leak or the plumbing may fail. There is no telling when such issues can arise, but they are really inconvenient. If you have a condo management company that offers 24 by 7 repair support, you can remain assured that there is always

   -   Comments   -   Mar 24 , 2017

How Can You Ensure Safety & Security on Your Condo Property?
Mar10

How Can You Ensure Safety & Security on Your Condo Property?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Safety is one of the main concerns when managing a condo community. You should be well prepared and take proactive measures to reduce any risks. It is the board’s duty to ensure that building operations are protected and residents’ safety

   -   Comments   -   Mar 10 , 2017

Important Questions to ask When Hiring a Condo Management Service
Mar03

Important Questions to ask When Hiring a Condo Management Service

Written by: Drew Spencer

The choice of the right property management company will have a significant impact on how successfully your community property is managed. Timely payment collections, following maintenance schedule, communicating effectively with residents,

   -   Comments   -   Mar 03 , 2017

How is it different to have a condo management company than doing it yourself?
Feb27

How is it different to have a condo management company than doing it yourself?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Managing your condo community can be a time-consuming and complex task. Usually, it is the board members who take up all the responsibilities related to the day to day management of the community property. There is a world of a difference

   -   Comments   -   Feb 27 , 2017

4 Tips for Creating Condo Association Policies
Feb13

4 Tips for Creating Condo Association Policies

Written by: Drew Spencer

When it comes to creating new policies for your condo association, it is important to keep all points in mind to eliminate any disputes or complex situations. Make sure that everyone including the members and residents fully understand the responsibilities

   -   Comments   -   Feb 13 , 2017

How Can A Condo Management Company Help?
Feb08

How Can A Condo Management Company Help?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Managing a condo association board can be a time-consuming task in itself. If you have a medium sized community, condo management can be a full-time job for board members. There are so many ways a condo management company can ease your job

   -   Comments   -   Feb 08 , 2017

Who is Responsible for Condominium Repairs & Maintenance?
Feb06

Who is Responsible for Condominium Repairs & Maintenance?

Written by: Drew Spencer

When it comes to repairs and maintenance, condominium residents face lots of uncertainty. If repairs are required in the common areas and apartments, who should be responsible for them. This is frequently occurring issue that can be seen in

   -   Comments   -   Feb 06 , 2017

What are the Duties & Functions of Condo Associations?
Feb01

What are the Duties & Functions of Condo Associations?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Condo boards hold complete responsibilities for managing their community. The board is responsible for managing all fiduciary and financial aspects of all the projects. You can outsource several aspects of your functions to a condo management company,

   -   Comments   -   Feb 01 , 2017

How Can Associations Increase Their Revenues To Reduce Assessments
Jan27

How Can Associations Increase Their Revenues To Reduce Assessments

Written by: Drew Spencer

Raising the annual assessments is simply the most detested steps you can take. It can be even more concerning at a time when the economy is not doing so well. The key to prevent the board from taking this action is to follow other methods to increase

   -   Comments   -   Jan 27 , 2017

What to Expect from a Good Condo Management Company in Property Maintenance?
Jan25

What to Expect from a Good Condo Management Company in Property Maintenance?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Property maintenance is one of the key services provided by a condo management company. Not every company will be able to meet the highest standards in the industry to address all your maintenance needs while meeting high-quality standards.

   -   Comments   -   Jan 25 , 2017

5 Benefits of Hiring Services of a Condo Management Company
Jan23

5 Benefits of Hiring Services of a Condo Management Company

Written by: Drew Spencer

Managing a condominium or HOA with a board can be a fulltime job. Even a small condo requires dedicating a lot of time and effort to ensure that keeps running smoothly. If you hire a condo management company, it can make a huge difference in saving you

   -   Comments   -   Jan 23 , 2017

Snow Removal 101: What Should It Cost And What To Look For?
Dec28

Snow Removal 101: What Should It Cost And What To Look For?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Condo maintenance is part of the daily operations of condo management. Snow removal is one of the most important tasks and the level of complexity and work involved will depend on many factors. So what should it cost? What are the factors involved

   -   Comments   -   Dec 28 , 2016

What To Look For In A Good Management Company?
Dec26

What To Look For In A Good Management Company?

Written by: Drew Spencer

The management needs for a high-rise condo building will be different from those for a small townhouse community. The scope and scale of services provided can vary significantly based on the different needs of the communities. So what should you look

   -   Comments   -   Dec 26 , 2016

How To Prevent Special Assessments?
Dec19

How To Prevent Special Assessments?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Many Canadians think that special assessments are mandatory. However, that is not the truth. If you have a well-managed condo community, you can rely on your reserve funds as and when it is required. There are ways to prevent special assessments.

   -   Comments   -   Dec 19 , 2016

What Are Post Tension Cables & What Are Their Benefits?
Dec09

What Are Post Tension Cables & What Are Their Benefits?

Written by: Drew Spencer

Post tension cables are used in concrete construction to add strength to thin and long slabs. This allows more span lengths between support columns. The cables have steel wires within plastic sheath. They are tensioned after pouring concrete,

   -   Comments   -   Dec 09 , 2016

New CRA Changes
Nov01

New CRA Changes

Written by: Drew Spencer

VERY IMPORTANT changes implemented by CRA effective October 3rd 2016 say that if you sell your primary residence it MUST be reported on your 2016 tax return (hefty penalties apply if you don’t report it). See below. Please feel free to give us

   -   Comments   -   Nov 01 , 2016

Canadian Millennials to Drive Condo Sales & Rental Growth
Aug30

Canadian Millennials to Drive Condo Sales & Rental Growth

Written by: Drew Spencer

The millennials are expected to make one of the biggest impacts on Canadian real estate market in the near future. The impact could n fact be bigger than what their baby boomer parents made. They make up about 25% of the country’s population and

   -   Comments   -   Aug 30 , 2016

Catalyst Condo Management Launches New Website
Aug30

Catalyst Condo Management Launches New Website

Written by: Drew Spencer

As rental condos grow in Calgary, finding the right condo management services in Calgary has become a difficult process. Most services perform similar and industry standard processes and functions, making it difficult to differentiate between them.

   -   Comments   -   Aug 30 , 2016

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S.W., Calgary, Alberta,
T2W 4X9, Canada.

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Drew Spencer: 403 542 6651
Angie Norman: 403 819 7215
Nelson Osamudiamen: 403 818 8303
info@catalystcondos.com

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