24 episodes

From building repairs and maintenance, energy upgrades, insurance, lobby redesigns, accounting and financing - the challenges facing co-op and condominium board directors are endless. In this series, Habitat Magazine editors interview New York City experts to learn how problems have been solved at their client co-op and condo buildings. We take a deep dive into the issues being confronted, the possibilities for solutions, the costs, the challenges, and the outcomes. Habitat Magazine, founded in 1982, is the trusted resource for New York City co-ops and condo board directors. Visit us at www.habitatmag.com

Problem Solved! For Co-ops and Condos Habitat Magazine

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From building repairs and maintenance, energy upgrades, insurance, lobby redesigns, accounting and financing - the challenges facing co-op and condominium board directors are endless. In this series, Habitat Magazine editors interview New York City experts to learn how problems have been solved at their client co-op and condo buildings. We take a deep dive into the issues being confronted, the possibilities for solutions, the costs, the challenges, and the outcomes. Habitat Magazine, founded in 1982, is the trusted resource for New York City co-ops and condo board directors. Visit us at www.habitatmag.com

    A Bronx Success Story: All About Energy

    A Bronx Success Story: All About Energy

    It takes a motivated board — or at least one motivated board member — to jump-start energy reduction projects. That describes a Bronx board president, who not only wanted to improve his building’s energy performance but also wanted to reduce the operating costs for shareholders. Thomas Morrison, director of energy management at the engineering firm En-Power Group, describes how this mission was accomplished in an interview with Bill Morris of Habitat Magazine.


    Thanks for listening. Subscribe to this podcast to hear how a diverse group of problems have been solved in New York's co-op and condo buildings. Look for us on your favorite social media, find all the Problem Solved! podcasts at habitatmag.com, sign up to receive our free newsletters or become a Habitat subscriber today!

    • 7 min
    Elevator Repairs: It’s Complicated

    Elevator Repairs: It’s Complicated

    Unforeseen problems, delays, cost overruns — elevator repair jobs rarely go off without a hitch, which can cause big dents in a building's repair budget. In today’s episode, Donald Gelestino, president at Champion Elevator, shares two cautionary tales that offer the same lesson: When tackling elevator repairs, you’d be wise to expect the unexpected. Donald Gelestino is interviewed by Paula Chin of Habitat Magazine.


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    • 8 min
    Asleep At The Switch

    Asleep At The Switch

    When it comes to managing co-op and condo finances, boards can’t afford to be complacent — yet, some are. Take the case of one New York co-op, which found itself owing $300,000 in real estate taxes and water and sewage bills due to negligent management.  Avi Zanjirian, a partner at the accounting firm Czarnowski & Beer, is here to tell the cautionary tale. Avi Zanjirian is interviewed by Paula Chin of Habitat Magazine.
    Thanks for listening. Subscribe to this podcast to hear how a diverse group of problems have been solved in New York's co-op and condo buildings. Look for us on your favorite social media, find all the Problem Solved! podcasts at habitatmag.com, sign up to receive our free newsletters or become a Habitat subscriber today!

    • 8 min
    The Bane of Condo Maintenance — Competing Board Interests

    The Bane of Condo Maintenance — Competing Board Interests

    When a condo is governed by a board with competing interests, getting things fixed can be slow going. At one such Manhattan condo ongoing water infiltration from a public plaza was compromising structural integrity of a below grade parking garage. Figuring out what needed to be fixed and getting the approval from owners with different interests and involvement, well, that’s not an easy task. Kevin Bone, principal at Bone/Levine Architects, tells the story of what needed to be done and how, ultimately, all agreed to do it.  Kevin Bone is interviewed by Carol Ott of Habitat Magazine.


    Thanks for listening. Subscribe to this podcast to hear how a diverse group of problems have been solved in New York's co-op and condo buildings. Look for us on your favorite social media, find all the Problem Solved! podcasts at habitatmag.com, sign up to receive our free newsletters or become a Habitat subscriber today!

    • 10 min
    Budgeting in Real Time

    Budgeting in Real Time

    Between high inflation, rising expenses, and the lingering effects of the pandemic, it’s never been harder for co-op and condos to balance their budgets. Carl Cesarano, principal at the accounting firm Cesarano & Khan, explains how boards can navigate today’s challenging landscape — whether negotiating commercial leases, refinancing the mortgage or trimming expenses — by evaluating and readjusting their options in real time. Carl Cesarano is interviewed by Paula Chin of Habitat Magazine.


    Thanks for listening. Subscribe to this podcast to hear how a diverse group of problems have been solved in New York's co-op and condo buildings. Look for us on your favorite social media, find all the Problem Solved! podcasts at habitatmag.com, sign up to receive our free newsletters or become a Habitat subscriber today!

    • 6 min
    Don’t Get Squeezed on Liability Insurance

    Don’t Get Squeezed on Liability Insurance

    It’s much more difficult for co-ops and condos to get a good general liability insurance policy today. There are fewer carriers, coverage is shrinking and price tags are growing. In this episode, Jonathan Steward, vice president at OSA Insurance Brokerage Services, explains what co-op and condo boards need to do to find an affordable carrier in this challenging market. Jonathan Steward is interviewed by Carol Ott for Habitat Magazine.
    Thanks for listening. Subscribe to this podcast to hear how a diverse group of problems have been solved in New York's co-op and condo buildings. Look for us on your favorite social media, find all the Problem Solved! podcasts at habitatmag.com, sign up to receive our free newsletters or become a Habitat subscriber today!

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

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Tina Larsson ,

Fantastic podcast!

This podcast series is a great resource for every NYC co-op and condo board. Great examples and outstanding conversations!

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