Sending rain water down the drain these days is almost criminal. Storage is cheap and there are many options to choose from. With a little planning, rain water can be redirected through toilets and washing machines in new buildings. In older buildings rain water can easily be used for common area cleaning, topping up the swimming pool and watering the gardens and lawns.
A good marketing agent is not only a salesperson, they’re an advocate, marketer and public relations officer. These days, they also need a little dash of lawyer! Brief them properly, give them firm instructions (e.g. about what they can and cannot say) and then give them some space to do what they do best.
Most Committee’s don’t appreciate that a resident manager is a contractor of the body corporate and not an employee. As a result, almost all committees will treat the interview as a job interview. That being the case, use all of the old tricks; arrive early, dress well, smile, project a positive attitude, be on top of your subject matter and when you don’t know the answer to a question say as much.
Often a malfunctioning committee or body corporate will, in effect, refer issues to their body corporate manager to determine; most commonly disputes about by-laws. Some body corporate managers make excellent mediators; bringing parties together to exchange information in an effort to reach an agreement. Don’t ask your body corporate manager to act as a judge however, not only because you’ll put them on the spot (and make them very uncomfortable) but also because you might not like their answer.
Ideally, you should receive the loan documents and not just a finance approval letter, before you notify that finance has been approved. While there will be a lot of pressure to “go unconditional”, sometimes there are unexpected things in the loan documents; e.g. a further guarantee or a top up condition. Given your capacity to change these things is usually nil, they can make the finance offer unacceptable. If you have already notified finance approval on the strength of the approval letter, then you’ve got a problem.