Articles

Here’s where you’ll find recent articles about FirstService Residential, as well as our impact on the areas we serve.

Search Articles

How to Be an Effective Association Board Secretary

Posted on Monday June 11, 2018

Every board of directors, whether for a Fortune 500 company or your community association, needs a great secretary. The secretary is responsible for maintaining those records accurately, including meeting minutes, bylaws and membership records.

Board Meeting Basics for HOA Board Members

Posted on Tuesday June 05, 2018

Regardless of how you feel about them, board meetings are more than just something your community association chooses to do. They are something your community association must do. Board meetings are crucial to the governance of your community association. If they aren’t run effectively, chances are your association won’t function well either.

Make Sure You Have These Five People at Your Board Meetings

Posted on Friday June 01, 2018

It takes a lot to build a great community: you need committed residents, a dedicated board of directors and a clear understanding of everybody’s roles and responsibilities. This understanding will make the board more effective and cohesive, leading to a more enjoyable community with greater resident satisfaction.

Community Management 101: Top Tips for Board Members

Posted on Thursday May 24, 2018

Whether you’re a new or current board member, you can avoid major issues and make your term more fruitful, rewarding and, above all, effective by following these 9 tips for board members.

Eight Roles You’ll Master as Community Association President

Posted on Tuesday May 15, 2018

Serving as a homeowner or community association board president is an honor, a privilege and an experience that many across North America take great satisfaction in. But before you make the leap from resident to board member, it’s key to understand exactly what you’ll be getting yourself into, and we can help. The good news is, the variety of tasks and skills that the position entails certainly keeps the job interesting!

10 New Habits to Improve How You Run Your Community Association

Posted on Friday May 11, 2018

While the start of the new year is typically heralded as the best time to change old habits and commit to new ones, the reality for community associations and their board members is that there’s no time like the present. These 10 changes will help you get your board and your community association on the right track for the rest of the year.

What Makes a Great Board Treasurer? 6 Things You Need to Know

Posted on Tuesday May 08, 2018

Every association board has a primary responsibility to preserve, protect and maintain the assets of the association. That requires careful financial management, which is where your board treasurer comes in.

Fire Safety Tips for Your High-Rise Building

Posted on Tuesday April 17, 2018

Living in a high-rise, condominium or co-op certainly has its perks. You get the convenient location, the dramatic views, attentive concierge services and a range of amenities. However, vertical living also means added challenges when it comes to fire safety. Fortunately, there are measures that both your association board and residents can take to improve safety.

Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

Posted on Tuesday April 03, 2018

Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes.  Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.

How Your Property Management Company Should Help Your Community after a Major Storm

Posted on Tuesday March 06, 2018

As communities in Texas and Florida discovered in 2017, hurricanes can be devastating, even if your community takes all the proper precautions to reduce your association’s risk. Read how a property management company should assist your community after a storm passes.

 

Get the Latest News and Resources

Receive valuable insights and informative resources for your community! Sign up below.