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Here you will find articles about condominium living, condo management and other topics of interest for board members, owners and residents.
 

Condominium Unit Owner Insurance — are you covered?

Condominium corporations place insurance on the common property. This insurance does not cover the personal property of the owners and tenants. This article discusses condominium unit owner insurance and what you need to do to protect yourself.

Posted on Thursday October 16, 2014 read more

Home for Sale? Six Tips to Add Value and Appeal

For most people selling a condominium, it is important to stand out from the competition in the real estate market, have a quick sale and obtain the best possible price. But how do you do that? The way your property is presented to potential buyers makes a big difference. Consider these tips to help you achieve real estate sales success.

Posted on Tuesday October 14, 2014 read more

Renovating? Five Tips for Success

Posted on Tuesday July 29, 2014 read more

Potted Plants are Not Ashtrays

It seems innocent, but a surprising number of balcony and backyard fires are unintentionally started by disposal of smoking material in a potted plant or planter box. In a condominium environment this can have, and has had, disastrous consequences. And it's not just a summertime problem.

Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2014 read more

Seven Key Services for Condominium and HOA Boards

Recent research has revealed seven service standards that are important to condominium and HOA Board members when they evaluate property managers. How does your manager stack up?

Posted on Wednesday May 21, 2014 read more

Emergency Preparedness: Do You Have a Plan?

The emergency management experts say we need to be able to take care of ourselves, our family and our pets for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency.

Posted on Friday May 09, 2014 read more

Condominium Property Management: Self-Manage or Hire a Professional?

Self-managing your condominium property may seem like it saves money, but does it really? Why the cheapest property management option may not be the best.

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 read more

Choosing the Best Condominium Property Management Company - 10 Questions to Ask

Here are 10 questions you should ask when evaluating property or homeowner association (HOA) management companies to help you make this important decision.

Posted on Tuesday April 29, 2014 read more

Energy Saving Strategies for Multifamily Properties

In his guest blog for Multi-Housing News, Tal Eyal, president of FS Energy, discusses strategies boards and managers can implement to contain energy costs now and throughout the year.

Posted on Thursday January 16, 2014 read more

Knowing When to Call Your Manager

The FirstService Residential customer care center means residents don't have to wait for the right time to call their manager -- the care center provides 24/7 access to help to address their questions and concerns.

Posted on Wednesday January 15, 2014 read more

Fallon Describes Emergency Storm Relief on Fox Business’ Cavuto

On October 28, the eve of Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary, Fox Business News aired a powerful segment featuring Chuck Fallon, FirstService Residential CEO. 

Posted on Tuesday October 29, 2013 read more

FirstService Residential Chairman Gene Gomberg Honored as Ultimate CEO/Chairman

Gene Gomberg, Chairman of FirstService Residential, was honored as an Ultimate CEO/Chairman by the South Florida Business Journal

Posted on Thursday October 24, 2013 read more

How We're Helping Board Members Succeed

Dan Wurtzel, president of property management at our New York office, was tapped as a thought leader in an article about seasoned board members in the Cooperator. Dan discusses how uncertainty about building knowledge and the position’s requirements can be detrimental to productivity, as well as some of the services the company provides to help both new and experienced board members become more effective in their roles.

Posted on Thursday September 12, 2013 read more

Co-Op Managed by Our New York Office Chosen for Mayor’s Recycling Pilot

NYC's Organic Food Waste Recycling Pilot Program includes Morningside Heights Housing Corp., a cooperative building managed by FirstService Residential’s New York office. This exciting program is designed to reduce the amount of post-consumer waste sent to landfills.

Posted on Monday August 12, 2013 read more

FirstService Residential Keeps Energy Costs on a Tight Leash During Dog Days of Summer

High summer temperatures bring high electric bills – especially this summer, as heat waves and soaring temperatures continue to blaze across the U.S. and Canada. But FirstService Residential’s innovative FS Energy program is keeping residents cool, curbing electric bills and lowering energy emissions and usage – and it saved $1.5 million in energy costs for NYC residents last summer.  Now, the program is rolling out to multifamily buildings in Chicago and Miami. 

Posted on Saturday July 27, 2013 read more

In Response to “Condo Dwellers Lacking Basic Services"

Fahrenheit 451, local fire and security specialists, responds to recent Calgary Herald article about property management response to the recent flooding in southern Alberta.

Posted on Thursday July 04, 2013 read more
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