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With apologies to Edwin Starr, reserve funds are definitely good for more than absolutely nothing. Not only do they help keep a roof over your head and hot water flowing through your taps, but also help ensure the large (CAPITAL — pun intended) projects are adequately funded, saving owners from those two dreaded words: Special Assessment. In the following paragraphs, we’re going to dip a big toe into the exhilarating and mind blowing (not really) land of reserve funds. …


Have our founder run it. The end.

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Ha! Just kidding. I mean, she’s able to get through most of them at Usain Bolt-esque speed, but if you’re not looking to break any meeting speed records, you can learn how to prepare and chair (Ha! We’re poets and we didn’t even know it) an annual general meeting using tips and tricks from us.

In Alberta, the condo act and/or your bylaws will provide insight into the requirements for your agenda. While we’re all for bending the rules on occasion, this is one of those areas where you should stick to the…


It’s the rare person that can’t distinguish someone’s tone while you’re speaking to them in person or on the phone (yes, teens, people still do that), however, unbeknownst to many, your text communications with others, be it through text message or email will often have an implied tone as well.

Normally, this isn’t an issue, as the vast majority of humans understand how to compose a written message that isn’t going to want the other person to come through the screen with a fork, however, it’s the more subtle tone and verbiage that can get you into trouble, even if…


While we’re sure that mapping out a cohesive and fool-proof plan should your building ever has an emergency likely ranks just below having to do your taxes in terms of excitement, fear not, as we have run through the scenarios and have done the necessary checks in an effort to keep you safe.

During our first site visit at your building, we look at aspects of the building that would come into play should an emergency arise. This includes looking at the type of building, elevators (if applicable), exit doors, and a list of nine other items. Taking that information…


… fill my cup, put some liquor in it — Bruno Mars

That’s exactly how we felt in the spring of 2021.

Three By Three started out on a whim. It was an off the cuff comment that turned into a little digging about the condo management market, which then turned into a…. Holy shit, this is a possibility. As it turns out, there were no management firms at the time who specialized in small or medium complexes. The majority of firms were looking for 60 units or more and had priced themselves out of the smaller condo market.

With…


What is a Condominium?

We frequently discuss condominium living and what it entails, but we realized on this chilly Thursday that we haven’t delved into what a condominium actually is. We figure today is as good as any to break down what a condo is and who the players are in the game. So settle in, grab a drink of choice and we shall get started.

A condominium is a space in this big ol’ province that you share with other people. This might be in the form of a side by side set of homes, townhouse, apartments or any…


When the world came to a grinding halt in what seems like 27 years ago, being in the condominium management business, we were fortunate enough to keep our jobs (and then some) and work exclusively from home. In the immortal words of the ‘Fresh Prince’, suddenly we found our work day turned upside down having to relocate and spend our days at home with little to no in-person interaction, but with an increased volume of work due to everyone else being home and having time to deal with problems as they occur.

While some adapted to the change with few…


It was a cold, snowy day in November 2019 (it might’ve been warm and sunny, but cold and snowy sounds better). In an effort to further our online presence, bring value, and hopefully a few chuckles to the world, we decided to dive headfirst into the blogosphere. Despite our good intentions, the ‘look before you leap’ approach failed us miserably, although not by any fault of our own. Shortly after that, the life of our little family got turned on its head and things took a drastic turn for the worse, forcing us to prioritize the work. …


We were told about a year ago that it would be beneficial for our little company to have a blog. Somewhere we can provide insight, information and great stories. At Three By Three, we believe that as big of a world we live in, it’s small. You never know who you’re going to run into, see or be standing next to in line at the coffee shop.

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We are based on the idea that a management firm can manage yet integrate into the community seamlessly. Our mandate at the beginning was to ensure we never got so big that our…

Three By Three - Confessions of a Condo Manager

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