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Common Issues

September 28, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

The Negativity Bias and You!

Wait, what bias? The negativity bias is a psychological phenomenon in which humans tend to give more attention and weight to negative experiences, emotions, and information than to positive ones.


 
Condo Living

August 3, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Students in Condominiums: Parking, Noise and Garbage Oh My!

It is that time of year again! Students return and for condominiums with many student rentals, it can be a difficult period to navigate.


 
Common Issues

July 6, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Summertime, and the Living’s…Not so Easy?

Summer should be a time to relax and enjoy the sunshine and some company. Despite condos being known for requiring less maintenance that owners need to take on themselves, they are not completely hands-off.


 
Condo Living

June 15, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

What You Didn’t Know About That Bird Feeder

Who doesn’t love the sound of soft chirps on a summer morning? Maybe you’ve picked up a cute little bird feeder from Terra, or perhaps you built one with your family. If your condominium permits bird feeders (please make sure they do!), what more is there to think about?


 
Property Management

March 30, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

What to Expect When You Are Expecting

No…not that kind of expecting. Expectations. We all have them. We have different expectations for a variety of things as well, and they depend on our mood. We expect our coffee order to be made correctly. We expect people to drive safely. We expect responses to our emails. These are all fine and good, but when do our expectations hit the roof?


 
Common Issues

January 5, 2023 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Fly On Snowbird

Snowbirds! Do not fly the coop just yet. I want to share a few reminders before you lock the door and kiss the winter goodbye.


 
Condo Living

September 8, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks, B.A.,(H.), OLCM, RCM, LCCI

Students in Condominiums: Parking, Noise and Garbage Oh My!

Ah, September in Ontario. The nights begin to cool, the school buses are back on the roads, the condo visitor parking lot is full of unauthorized cars…


 
Property Management

June 16, 2022 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Condo Chameleons- What does a Property Manager even do?

“What do you do for a living?” – the hardest question ever asked to a condominium manager. When I first started to write this, I thought about what it is to be a condominium manager, and how hard the job is to explain to people at dinner parties. Remember dinner parties?


 
Governance

November 18, 2021 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): Sara Hicks

Positive Communication: Email Edition

If you partake with the internet (and if you are reading this, you do at least dabble) then you have no doubt come across unpleasant online exchanges in some capacity.


May 7, 2020 - Published by Grand River Chapter - Author(s): SARA HICKS

What do you think of when you hear ‘property manager?’ When people ask me what I do for a living, and ‘property manager’ is my response, I am usually met by a blank stare...


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