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Transitioning to a New Property Management Company – What Your Association Can Expect

Posted on Friday March 04, 2016

So your association has decided to switch to a new property management company or managing agent – perhaps your relationship has gone south or you were seeking a company or team better suited to providing the service, value, products, and/or experience your building or community needs. You may be wondering what happens when you transition from old to new management. We want to help. While each association and property management company has its own unique needs and operating procedures, here’s a basic overview of what you can expect.

Why Your Condo or High-Rise Needs a Great Front Desk Team

Posted on Thursday March 03, 2016

Your front desk staff is the “face” of your building – the first point of contact for homeowners and guests.  As a result, each members plays a crucial role in creating your building’s image, as well as shaping the perceptions and experiences of everyone who enters.  Consequently, when a resident or visitor walks through the front door – whether it’s their first time or hundredth – the reception and greeting they receive and the way they are treated can significantly impact their entire experience.

Online Resources to Get to Know Your Community and Neighbors

Posted on Monday February 29, 2016

The Internet is exploding with social networking sites and websites designed to educate and connect people, whether they’re across the street or across the globe. Strong networks create safer communities and more rewarding living experiences, but with our busy schedules and time constraints, it’s not always easy to become acclimated and involved. Fortunately, there are websites and online tools expressly designed for this purpose – facilitating everything from helping you obtain community information, discover local businesses, organizations and service providers, build connections and friendships with neighbors, become active in your local community and much more.  We’ve provided an overview to get you started.

Part 2: Electric Cars and Installing Charging Stations in Your Community

Posted on Wednesday February 24, 2016

Is installing EV charging stations the right choice for your community?  If your association is considering it, consider this – you’ll not only satisfy the needs of current and future EV owners, but you’ll also enhance your property’s “green” image, which can increase property value and attract future residents.

So how should your Board proceed?  Start by talking to other community Board members and local community leaders to see if this issue is being addressed locally.  Do your research, including consulting with a good property management company.  If your community is professionally managed, your property management team can provide you with information and guide you through the process.

Part 1: Electric Cars and Charging Stations – Is Your HOA Ready?

Posted on Friday February 19, 2016

Over the past five years, nearly a half-million U.S. cars in this country have been able to zip right past gas stations – and it’s not because they’ve always had a full tank of gas. That’s how many plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have been purchased in this country since December 2010, when the first mass-market PEVs – the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt – made their much-heralded debut. Learn more about PEV's in order to ready your HOA.

What to Know in the Unlikely Event of a Mass Shooting in Your Building

Posted on Friday February 19, 2016

Public Mass shootings have unfortunately become common place in America and around the world. From schools and movie theaters, to businesses and homes, shootings have occurred in a mix of environments. But what should you do if you unexpectedly find yourself in the middle of this kind of emergency at your residential building?

Effective Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

Posted on Tuesday February 16, 2016

As a Board member, you want your building’s lobby to be aesthetically pleasing and inviting, but also safe and functional – after all, as the hub of your building, it provides essential services and can even become a social gathering place for residents and guests.  So if your building lobby isn’t as attractive or functional as it could be – and doesn’t portray the impression you’d like it to – we have some suggestions that can help.

Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Organize a Community Recycling Program

Posted on Friday February 12, 2016

Is your homeowners association considering starting a recycling program for your community? If so, bravo! Take a look at some of the benefits: conserving energy, saving water, preserving resources, reducing air pollution and saving landfill space. And did you know that in addition to helping the environment, recycling can also provide economic benefits as well? To get you started, here are some tips and considerations to help your association plan and implement a successful recycling program for your community.

Airbnb & Short-Term Rentals Part 1: How the Sharing Economy Can Impact Your Multi-Family Building

Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

One of the most recent societal shifts has been a move towards a sharing economy – and if you’ve ever been driven home in an Uber car, or reserved a distinctive blue CitiBike for a few hours to pedal across town, you’ve experienced this practice first-hand.  In this article, we discuss how the quick growth of the sharing economy – particularly, home sharing – is impacting buildings in large cities, and we’ll follow up next week with valuable advice on how your Board or Strata council can address this mushrooming trend. 

Five Tips to Choose the Right Lifestyle Community to Meet Your Needs

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

There are many types, sizes and varieties of lifestyle communities to choose from, and as interest from homebuyers grows, developers and home builders are creating new ones to meet the demand.  If you’re a prospective buyer and don’t know where to begin, we can help.  We’ve compiled five important factors to consider to help you narrow down your choices and find the right lifestyle community to meet your needs.

 

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