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Your Short-term Rental Side-Gig is About to Become a Real Business

Well, everybody, the jig is up. We’ve all had a good run, but the next time you think to yourself, “Hey, maybe I could make a few extra bucks renting out my condo while I’m away on vacay,” you’d better be prepared to peel off a few of those

Building Defenses Against Builder Negligence

Picture this…You’re a few years into your very first experience as a condo owner. You did your homework and bought a brand-new condo from a reputable builder. You scrimped and saved and were finally able to come up with that down payment, all

What Misconceptions about Condominium Property Management Do You Have?

Here at Catalyst, we love what we do, and to us, our services are pretty straight-forward: we offer condo management services that put an emphasis on sticking up for the little guy, advocacy, and generally just treating condo boards and residents wit

Streamlining Condo Management with Electronic Funds Transactions

In the digital age we find ourselves in, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to transferring and moving money around. When you can choose to safely send money from one party to another using anything from banking apps to online third-party

How to Break Up with Your Condo Management Company

Breaking up is hard to do – especially when it comes to your condo management company. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to make a change, because just like that one boyfriend you had who insisted that flipflops DO SO count as “formal atti

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Condo Special Assessments

There are plenty of great perks that come along with being a condo owner. You get to be part of a close-knit community, the overall costs are generally more affordable than those associated with owning a stand-alone ho

Keeping Your Condo Building Safe with an Emergency Response Plan

Quick! Your condo neighbour accidentally set the microwave timer for two hours instead of two minutes, and now those hot pockets he was warming up have caught fire and set the whole condo building ablaze!

A Diamond in the Rough: How to Keep Quality Tenants in Your Condo Property Rental

If you’ve ever rented out your condo before, you know that finding a decent

Finding Success with Your First Condo Rental

Inherited some property? Perhaps you received big promotion at work and have a bit of extra cash? Or maybe you just feel like you’ve got too much free time on your hands?

Is Your Condo Building Really Ready to Go Green?

Is your condo building thinking about going green this year? And no, we don’t just mean adding a healthy coat of green paint on your condo’s walls.Here, green is a blanket term for those initiatives your condo corporation

The Demise of Age-Restricted Condo Living in Alberta

In January 2017, seniors’ advocate Ruth Adria argued in the Alberta courts for more fair and equal treatment of people in our province, regardless of their age. Adria’s intentions were to set the groundwork for the more equitable treatment of sen

Is Your Condominium Protected? What Your Need to Know About Insuring Your Condo

Condo living is typically advertised as “hassle-free living” or “you don’t have to worry about anything, just move in and enjoy life.” Then, because life happens, you need to make an insurance claim with your building,

BUSTED: The Top 5 Myths of Living in a Condominium

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,

Is Your Condo Building Ready for the Year Ahead?

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?

The How (and the Why) of the CPA Changes

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 (C

Avoid Condo Building Headaches with Preventative Maintenance

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:

Trends within the Calgary Condo Market

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,

The Ins and Outs of Condo Document Reviews

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most individuals will make in their lifetime. With such an important decision co

A Condo is More Than Buying Four Walls

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 wit

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

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 se

Building Clarity on Condo Bylaws

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

Why LEED Condo Buildings are of Great Benefit

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 everyd

Revolving door to your condo building?

How Airbnb and short term leasing affects your condo livingYour 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

Adjusting to a multi-person living complex…

Without wanting to kill your neighboursYou’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.

Is Your Condo Management Company Putting You at Risk?

Why your condo corporation needs a registered business numberDid 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

Importance of Code of Ethics for Condo Board Members

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.

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

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 al

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

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

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