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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.

Simple Energy Conservation Steps to Benefit Your Community This Winter

Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016

So what can condo boards or community associations do to mitigate or even reduce costs this winter? Let’s start with what you can do in the summer and fall, before winter actually begins. This includes cleaning, tuning and performing any necessary repairs to heating systems, furnaces and boilers to make sure they won’t be working longer, harder or less efficiently than they should. Other pre-winter tasks include cleaning gutters to remove leaves and debris to ensure water can flow freely. Otherwise, water can become trapped and freeze, which can not only damage your property’s gutters, but also cause ice dams and possible roof leaks.

Go Local or Mega for Condo Management Services?

Posted on Thursday January 21, 2016

Community associations traditionally contracted with locally owned and operated firms for management services. In recent years, however, large national and even international companies have entered the market. Rather than managing thousands of condominiums and townhomes, they manage millions.
Should your association hire a hometown professional or a mega-manager? Find out more by reading this article originally published by the Chicago Tribune.

Why Master and Sub-Associations Should be Managed by the Same Property Management Company

Posted on Wednesday January 20, 2016

Master-planned communities are large developments that integrate a variety of neighborhoods, sub-divisions, recreational facilities and amenities under one community umbrella, with a focus on lifestyle, convenience and quality of life.  Most master-planned communities offer homebuyers a range of residential options suited to different life stages and price points, from single-family homes to townhomes to condominiums to apartments. These residences are often located in distinct neighborhoods within the community, and may be developed by multiple builders.

Radon 101: Helpful Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Posted on Thursday January 14, 2016

Quick, name a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring gas that can be found in homes and buildings and pose a threat to our health and well-being. If you said “carbon monoxide,” you’re right. Now, can you name another?  If you had a bit of trouble coming up with “radon,” you’re not alone. Here is a basic overview of radon gas – what it is, where it’s found, its possible health effects and what you can do to protect your home and your family.

Leaving for Winter Vacation? Five Tips to Protect Your Home While You’re Away

Posted on Tuesday January 12, 2016

What’s your dream winter vacation?  According to recent statistics, when temperatures plunge, the four most popular vacation choices, in order, are beach vacations, sightseeing tours, casinos and ski trips.  But no matter whether you plan to pack your bathing suit, walking shoes, ski parka or lucky rabbit’s foot, there’s one thing that should always be part of your vacation planning – ensuring home protection while you’re away.

Happy New Year! Five Tips to Keep Your Pets Party-Safe

Posted on Wednesday December 30, 2015

For many people, New Year’s Eve is the biggest party of the year.  But before you pop that champagne cork or put on your best party hat, think about your four-legged friends – and how your gala plans may affect them.  Fireworks and other noisy celebrations make many pets scared and anxious, and sadly, many shelters report an increase in lost dogs and cats this time of year.

Who are My Neighbors? Six Tips for Making Friends During the Holidays

Posted on Monday December 28, 2015

For many of us, the holiday season can feel like a continuous run on a treadmill of work/shop/repeat – with a few parties and social engagements sprinkled in just to spice things up – and complicate your schedule.

Lifestyle Expert Previews Amenity Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Posted on Tuesday December 22, 2015

Location, location…amenities?  As we told you in a previous article, the desirability of a community’s lifestyle amenities is becoming highly influential in driving the purchasing decision for many homebuyers.  To rise to the challenge – and set themselves apart from the competition – many developers, builders and community associations are adding the next generation of amenities to their lifestyle communities, high-rises, condo buildings and other residential properties. And it’s working. By adding and/or updating their amenities to reflect evolving tastes, communities are effectively meeting the aspirations and demands – and enhancing the lifestyles – of potential and existing homeowners.

 

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