Posts tagged "The Business of Running a Condo"

The Enigmatic Carlton Knight

Ever so often, someone e-mails me a question or volunteers information about my real estate developer Carlton Knight. For those of you who don’t know the history, he is the driving force behind me starting my blog.  He is the reason “I Hate My Developer” exists. In the pre-Chicago Now version of this blog, I... Read more »

City's Neighborhood Improvement Program Provides Grants For Home Repairs

Chicago’s must lamented TIF districts are as confusing as they are controversial. Much has been written about their existence, their usefulness and their primary goal of spurring development in blighted areas. Yet some Chicagoans might be surprised to discover that a component of some of the TIF districts is the little known Neighborhood Improvement Program.... Read more »

The Loan

This post was originally published on September 6, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 Well here’s where it gets interesting folks. We need money to get the porch project started but it would seem that we may not be the best credit risk at this point. Let’s go over what we know so far:... Read more »
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London Bridge

This post was originally published on September 6, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 When I think of the children’s song “London Bridge is Falling Down” I tend to think of our back porches. To put it mildly, our porches are a Lincoln Park tragedy waiting to happen. For those of your not in... Read more »

Back On Track---Fight The Power, Part II

This post was originally published on August 29th, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 Our association budget seemed like the pretty standard condo budget. Water bills here, gas bill there—that type of thing. Yet upon closer inspection it seemed like a few line items were out of hand. The number one item that caught... Read more »

Building A Bridge And Getting Over It

This post was originally posted on August 24th, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 When I was pissing and moaning about our building, I happened to read about a legal case that makes our issues look like child’s play. Get this—a woman can’t sell her condo because an association was never formed by the... Read more »
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Seeing Eye To Eye

This post was originally published on August 24th, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 Now to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s have a quick recap. Our building is like Glen Close in “Fatal Attraction,” very attractive on the outside but not quite right on the inside. Our developer seemingly (perhaps... Read more »

Fight The Power

This post was originally published on August 23, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0    With some new blood on the board (myself and my neighbor across the hall), we set about sorting through the friggin mess that comprised our business affairs. We did all of the mundane stuff like set a permanent date... Read more »

Welcome To Woodlawn---Part II

This post was originally published on August 23, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 There’s always a learning curve when you’re dealing with any new situation so owning your own unit in a condominium is no exception. The difference is that a learning curve mixed with naiveté and conniving developer are a potentially costly... Read more »
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Blessings

My condo association has been through hell over the past eight years. Crumbling back porches, special assessments, digging ourselves out a financial hole, multiple foreclosures—we’ve seen it all. Yet despite the drama and the infighting, we’ve managed to keep it together—barely. Still greater challenges loom ahead, obstacles that once again seem insurmountable.  Putting together a... Read more »