There's going to be a good training class that all condo owners in Downtown St Louis should try to be at on January 31st. It starts at 6:30 in the New Yaeger 1st floor conference center of the Laclede Gas Building at 800 Olive St.
A detailed post was done on the reasoning, but the bottom line is that there are certain responsibilities that go along with owning any home. With condos and lofts, a chunk of those responsibilities are avoided, but not entirely. There isn't the yardwork and maintenance, but there is the oversight of these things that the association and building manager has to do. There's also other factors to be dealt with in community living situations, like keeping the bylaws up to date, making sure the association dues are being put to good use, properly budgeting for the buildings success, choosing a good building manager and selecting the services that a building manager should provide.
The unfortunate thing is that many times condo owners aren't armed with the right information to be "good condo assocation members" or even worse, good board members! When that happens, people don't realize, but the building can suffer, unnecessary expenses can build up, relations within the building and property values can be affected if things aren't managed properly and every condo association member is responsible.
This class is for St Louis area real estate professionals and property managers too!
Often times the biggest problems being addressed in this class are from misguided professionals misleading condo owners and not making sure they know the ins and outs of condo association membership.
Come one and all. If the above link doesn't work, find search "Downtown Condo Education Event" on Eventbrite