Monday, December 7, 2009

Condo Living: Comfort or Conflict? Communication is Crucial

There was interesting piece in the December 7, 2009 issue of The Biscayne Times that raises so many often asked questions about conflicts in the condo lifestyle. In every conflict there is always two sides, but often times the lines between both get so blurred. It is almost impossible to discern democratically or prove accountability without clear communication.

Long gone are the days of telephone trees, posting paper memos, and binders upon binders of past and present condo docs. Yet, so many (TOO many) condominiums and associations still operate as they did 10, 20, or 30 years ago because "it has always worked." But the truth is, it hasn't. Too often in this industry do we hear similar stories to the article in today's Biscayne Times. While there is no simple answer, there is a better solution: communication and not the kind that Dr. Phil talks about.

OBCOM (Online Building Communication Manager) software-a 21st cenutry innovation--is now not only a trendy thing to possess, but an essential tool to utilize. Software like can enable owners or shareholders, board members, trustees, staff and management to all be on the same page. With robust fuctions like online document storage, online survey or voting functions, reporting and graphng tools, enhanced visitor security and record-keeping modules, preventative maintenance, parking and valet system, and hundreds of automatic notifications--any condominium can transform from conflicted confusion to clear communication.

While any software is only as good as the user, has empowered over 300,000 users every day by providing a method to streamline the often-conflicting operations of condo life. And that proves to be comforting.

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