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You’ll find some of the recent articles about FirstService Residential in British Columbia and our impact in the Metro Vancouver market here.

Seminar Summary - Budgeting for Stratas

Leveraging its expertise in Strata management, FirstService Residential hosted a seminar for Strata Council Members on the topic of Budgeting for Stratas on April 29, 2014.   The event featured a panel discussion with , FirstService Residential industry experts Gerry McRobert, Regional Director and Sean Ingraham, Director of Business Development.  

Posted on Friday June 06, 2014 read more

Seminar Summary - Strata Insurance

As the Strata management leader, FirstService Residential hosted a seminar for Strata Council Members on the topic of Strata Insurance on May 1, 2014.  The event featured a panel discussion with guest speakers Paul Duchaine (Vice President of Claims, Real Estate Division of BFL Canada) and Jamie Bleay (Lawyer, Access Law Group). 

Posted on Friday June 06, 2014 read more

Property Manager John Poon Joins FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential is pleased to announce the appointment of John Poon as Strata Manager. John joins Greater Vancouver’s largest property management company with more than six years of property management experience.

Posted on Thursday May 29, 2014 read more

Beware of These Four Budget Busters

As a Strata Council Member, one of your principal responsibilities is stewardship of the Strata Corporation’s finances. And a lot of that boils down to one thing: the annual budget.

Posted on Thursday May 29, 2014 read more

Success By Committee: Five Ways to Make it Happen

All Strata Corporations are different from one another as they are comprised of a unique group of Council Members with different backgrounds. Just as Strata Corporations differ, so do the special committees that fall under the Strata.  You can have as many different types of experiences with committees as there are kinds of committees themselves.

Posted on Thursday May 29, 2014 read more

Seminar Summary - Energy Saving Solutions

Strata management leader FirstService Residential hosted a seminar for Strata Council Members on Energy Saving Solutions on May 6, 2014.  The event featured a panel discussion with guest speakers Jeff Chiu (Community Network Manager, BC Hydro), Wes Nienaber (Key Account Manager for Condominiums, FortisBC), Colton Aston (Program Manager, FortisBC), and Danna Maclean (Power Pros Electrical). 

Posted on Thursday May 22, 2014 read more

FirstService Residential Welcomes Anvil as New Property Management Client

To help welcome Anvil as one of its newest clients, FirstService Residential held a wine and cheese event for owners of the Vancouver high-rise condominium. 

Posted on Tuesday May 20, 2014 read more

Property Management Seminars Continue for Strata Councils

During April and May 2014, FirstService Residential, Greater Vancouver’s largest property management company, hosted three new educational events as part of its Seminar Series for Strata Council Members.

Posted on Tuesday May 20, 2014 read more

How Your Strata Management Company Makes Sure Your Front Desk (Concierge) Employees Deliver the Best Service

For a Strata resident, the lifestyle experience doesn’t begin when they step into your unit. It begins when they set foot in the main entrance – and are greeted by the front desk representative. For guests, the front desk representative sets the tone for their entire perception of the Strata property. For residents, the front desk representative is a touchstone throughout their day, every day. It’s an important role to fill.

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 read more

The Six Traits of Great Front Desk Employees (Concierge) – And How Your Strata Management Company Ma

For a Strata resident, the lifestyle experience doesn’t begin when they step into your unit. It begins when they set foot in the main entrance – and are greeted by the front desk representative. For guests, the front desk representative sets the tone for their entire perception of the Strata property. For residents, the front desk representative is a touchstone throughout their day, every day. It’s an important role to fill.

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 read more

How to Have More Productive Council Meetings: Getting Your Strata Council Members to Work Together

As anyone on a Strata Council knows all too well, Council meetings sometimes don't go as smoothly as planned. Council Members don't always agree with each other. A discussion about one small issue can take up an entire meeting, and those who speak the loudest aren't always correct. Sometimes it may feel like it takes a very long time to get anything done.

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 read more

11 Qualities that Make a Great Strata Management Company

When choosing the right property management company for your Strata Corporation, you should ask a variety of questions to assess whether the company and its Strata Management team are the right fit for your Council and your Owners.

Posted on Tuesday May 06, 2014 read more

Your Checklist to Ensure You’re Getting the Best Service from Your Strata Management Company

Your relationship with your strata management company is exactly that: a relationship. And just like with any relationship, it’s a good idea to take stock every once in awhile to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be. 

Posted on Wednesday April 16, 2014 read more

How to Choose the Best Property Management Company - 10 Questions You Need to Ask Today

Finding the best property management service for your Strata Corporation can be a tough task. Greater Vancouver has dozens of residential management companies that you can choose from, and they might all seem very similar at first glance.Your relationship with your strata management company is exactly that: a relationship. And just like with any relationship, it’s a good idea to take stock every once in awhile to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be. 

Posted on Wednesday April 16, 2014 read more

Event Discussion: Strata Collection Procedures

FirstService Residential hosted an educational seminar for council members on the topic of Strata Collection Procedures. 

Posted on Thursday February 13, 2014 read more

Event Discussion: Earthquake Preparedness for Stratas

FirstService Residential hosted an educational seminar for council members on the topic of Earthquake Preparedness for Stratas. 

Posted on Thursday February 13, 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

Event Discussion: Water Loss Reduction for Stratas

FirstService Residential hosted an educational seminar for council members on the topic of Water Loss Reduction for Stratas. 

Posted on Thursday December 05, 2013 read more

Event Discussion: Strata Collections

FirstService Residential hosted an educational seminar for council members on the topic of Strata Collections.   

Posted on Wednesday November 27, 2013 read more
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