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Here you will find some of the latest articles about FirstService Residential in the various markets we serve.
 

Six Things to Know About the Millennial Housing Boom

Millennials (also called “Generation Y”) are making a big impact on communities. Comprising the youngest adult population in America (think people born between about 1980 and 1995), these individuals now constitute 31% of all new home and condo sales, according to the National Association of Realtor’s Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study 2014. Here’s a breakdown that puts it all into perspective:

Posted on Friday January 23, 2015 read more

10 Ways Toward Greater Financial Strength

So what’s the most important aspect of your community? Is it aesthetics? Sense of belonging? Neighbors knowing neighbors? Desirability to home buyers?

Posted on Monday January 19, 2015 read more

Maintenance vs. Capital Improvements – What’s the Difference?

Maintaining your buildings’ assets is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The common areas require a broad range of routine maintenance and repairs to keep them looking good and operating smoothly. Maintenance activities can include simple lightbulb replacements, housekeeping and paint touch-ups in hallways and garages, landscaping, irrigation repairs, pool cleaning, elevator maintenance and other related tasks that are performed on a frequent or ongoing basis.

Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015 read more

The Four Myths of Reasonable Accommodation and Reasonable Modification

You’ve heard the terms “reasonable accommodation” and “reasonable modification” before. But do you know the specific definitions of the terms and how they apply to your association? 

Posted on Wednesday January 07, 2015 read more

Seven Tips to Avoid Contract Issues

You’ve been there before. You meet with a vendor, they seem like a great choice, and then after a month or so, you find yourself in a dispute. 

Posted on Wednesday December 24, 2014 read more

Seven Trends for Amenities in 2015

2014 was a year of change for a lot of associations. And in many ways, 2015 promises to be no different – especially when it comes to the types of amenities that will be offered by communities. 

Posted on Tuesday December 23, 2014 read more

Five Roles of the Board Secretary

Maintaining records and meeting legal and financial obligations is key to a successful association. And the person responsible for this is your Board Secretary.

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014 read more

Five Ways to Keep Snow from Burying Your Budget

Despite what the meteorologist on your nightly news might tell you, it’s actually pretty hard to predict the weather. And that means it’s difficult to anticipate how much you’ll be spending on snow removal this year.

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014 read more

Eight Essential Parts of HOA Community Association Elections

Elections are a big part of what make our community associations work. It’s what empowers members, galvanizes our community, and brings residents together for a common purpose.

Posted on Monday December 15, 2014 read more

Five Qualities of a Board Treasurer

The board members of your community association serve many important leadership functions. In this article, we’ll delve into the role of treasurer and the impact they have on the health and future growth of your community.

Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2014 read more

Six Stats That Should Make Homeowner Association Board Members Proud

As a board member, you can measure your success in a lot of different ways. The projects you’ve completed, the financials you’ve strengthened, the long-term plans you’ve put in place – all of these are clear indicators that you’ve done your job, and you’ve done it well.

Posted on Friday December 05, 2014 read more

Five Easy Ways to Market Your Association

How many homes in your community are vacant? Whether it’s one or one hundred, it’s too many. Empty homes can lead to compliance issues and decrease the curb appeal of your community. They can also negatively impact the feeling of connectedness for the members of your association. That’s why it’s so important to keep every home occupied.

Posted on Tuesday November 25, 2014 read more

Four Secrets to Great Communication in your Association

As a board member, you’ve confronted (and hopefully, overcome) a lot of challenges. You’ve learned your role. You’ve tackled projects. You’ve teamed up with residents.

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 read more

Six Steps to Putting More Play in Your Neighborhood

All too often, when we talk about enhancing our communities, we focus mostly on what’s right for the adults. The reality is many of our community residents are children. And let’s face it: if it’s good for kids, then the grownups will probably feel pretty good about it, too. 

Posted on Friday November 14, 2014 read more

15 Things You’ll Want to Do Before Selecting an Insurance Agent

You’re a member of your community association’s board, and it’s time to review your current insurance policies and providers. While it may be tempting to maintain your current relationship, you may find that significant savings can be found when you shop around.

Posted on Wednesday November 05, 2014 read more

Six Things You’ll Discover When You Hire a Property Management Company

Maybe you’re self-managing your community. And maybe things are going just fine. But maybe they could be better...and just maybe, that could happen through full-service property management.

Posted on Friday October 31, 2014 read more

11 Do’s and Don'ts of HOA Board Rule Making

They say that good fences make good neighbors. Rules can work the same way – putting the right parameters in place can help keep everyone happy. Too few rules result in anarchy, and too many rules start to feel onerous to residents. 

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 read more

Five Ways Today’s Active Adults Spend their Days Differently

It’s no secret that active adult communities are changing. With shifting demographics and lifestyles, gone are the days of sequestered neighborhoods in the far-flung suburbs dominated by golf culture. 

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014 read more

Five Winter Organization Tips

Winter’s coming, and with colder temperatures comes something that isn’t cool at all: disorganized closets and cluttered winter gear. 

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014 read more

How to Save with Bulk Buying Strategies

As consumers, we’re familiar with saving money by purchasing products like food and household goods in bulk. But, can this same savings model be applied to the purchases and operational costs of a homeowner association (HOA), condominium or community association?

Posted on Wednesday October 15, 2014 read more
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