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

Property Management & Community Association Board Members: Six Ways Together is Better

Homeowner and condo association board members know that their collective actions yield lots of great results. Just take a look at the minutes from your last couple of meetings and you’ll see all the evidence you need. 

Posted on Friday May 16, 2014 read more

Success By Committee: Five Ways to Make it Happen

All homeowner and community associations are different from one another, as they are comprised of a collaborative group of board members. Just as associations differ so do the special committees that fall under the association.  You can have as many different types of experiences with committees as there are kinds of committees themselves. 

Posted on Wednesday May 14, 2014 read more

Emergency Preparedness: What You Need to Know, and How Your Property Management Company Can Help

It’s 2:00 AM and you get the call. A water main has broken and there is flooding in your managed property. Are you ready to handle it? Building emergencies can run the gamut from a power outage to a gas leak, to a flood, or in the worst scenarios, a fire or a shooting. The one thing they almost always have in common? They happen when you least expect them. Having a comprehensive emergency plan in place can mean the difference between an emergency situation that escalates into a crisis and one that is resolved efficiently and effectively. 

Posted on Tuesday May 13, 2014 read more

How Your Property Management Company is Your Best Friend During Hurricane Season

As a board member of a condominium or homeowners association near the coast, hurricanes are of special concern. But did you know that the best property management company can help you prepare for the season – and even minimize its impact on your community? That makes your property manager more than just a fair weather friend.

Posted on Friday May 09, 2014 read more

Tips for Community Management: Selecting a Landscaping Partner for Your Property

The best property management companies agree that meticulously groomed landscaping is vital to enhance your property’s curb appeal. Industry research shows that investing in green spaces is among the top five property improvements that increase ROI return on investment for homeowners, communities and homeowner associations. It is clear that selecting the proper landscaping company is of the utmost importance, but how do you determine which company is right for your community?

Posted on Friday May 02, 2014 read more

Consider a Vacation Away From Your Pets

Vacation season has arrived, and with it, the need to pack, plan and in many cases, make arrangements for our four-legged family members.  Many hotels and other accommodations are not pet-friendly, so pet owners must decide where, and with whom, to leave Muffy or Max when heading out of town.  From kennels to in-home pet sitters, there are various options to fit your lifestyle and budget.  

Posted on Thursday April 24, 2014 read more

12 Qualities that Make a Great Property Management Company

When choosing the right property management company for your community, you will be asking a variety of questions to assess whether the company or manager will be the right fit for your board and your residents.   While every community has its own unique needs, and every residential management company has a unique way of serving them, there are a handful of qualities that any great company should have - if they don’t, steer clear.

Posted on Thursday April 24, 2014 read more

Four Ways the Best Service from Your Property Management Team Starts Before You Even Ask

For many communities, responsive service from a property management company is the best they can hope for when it comes to issue resolution. But what if you required more from your property management team? What if you held them to a higher standard, demanding that they address challenges early enough so that they never become full-blown issues at all?

Posted on Wednesday April 23, 2014 read more

The Surprising Way to Stretch Your Association's Dollars

If you’re on the board of a condo, co-op, high-rise or HOA, you know that managing your community’s budget is a major priority. You’ve likely explored many ways to save money and get the best deals, while still maintaining a high level of service.

Posted on Friday April 18, 2014 read more

What do HOA Board Members Really Want? The Top Service Issues the Best Property Management Companies Should Address.

Board members of community associations or homeowner associations (HOA) are always looking to hire the property management company that will provide the best service for their community.  But what does that really mean? 

Posted on Monday April 14, 2014 read more

How to Have More Productive Board Meetings: Helping Your HOA Board Members Work Together

As anyone on a condo, co-op or homeowner association (HOA) board knows too well, board meetings can be extremely delicate situations. Board members don't always agree with each other, discussion about a single, minor issue can eat up entire meetings, and those who speak the loudest aren't always looking at the issues with the best perspective. Some days, it may feel nearly impossible to get anything done.

Posted on Wednesday April 09, 2014 read more

To Self-Manage or Not? How to Get the Best Property Management Service

How can I get the best service for my property? That’s a question community associations wrestle with regularly. Some self-managed community associations believe they can’t afford to hire a professional property management company to manage and maintain their community’s operations, assets, finances, common areas and other day-to-day activities. 

Posted on Friday April 04, 2014 read more

Four Ways Condos/Co-ops and HOAs in Florida, New York and Chicago Can Save Money on Energy Bills with the Best Property Management Services

Realizing that energy conservation and managing HOA community environmental footprints is crucial, board members have a responsibility to homeowners to exercise financial prudence and proactively seek ways to manage rising costs.

Posted on Thursday April 03, 2014 read more

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

How do you determine which property management company will provide you with the best service? Here are 10 questions that you should ask when consulting with property or homeowner association (HOA) management companies to help you make the important decision.

Posted on Tuesday April 01, 2014 read more

What Makes a Great Board Member

Dale Young, director of portfolio management at FirstService Residential, and other industry experts reveal the common characteristics of effective and functional boards.  

Posted on Sunday March 09, 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

Managing Active Adult Communities in the Boomer Era

Today's Baby Boomers are prompting some active adult communities to re-examine how to remain relevant, appealing and responsive to residents' needs, according to Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic division, and Robert Misurel, director of Planning & Development for the company's Lifestyle Division.

Posted on Friday December 06, 2013 read more

Missouri Office Honored for Commitment to Kansas City Youth Center

Missouri’s Curry Association Management, the newest member of the FirstService Residential family, was recently honored for its substantial efforts and ongoing commitment to the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Kansas City, which provides a safe and stable haven for the area’s underprivileged youth.

Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2013 read more

Pros and Cons of Do It Yourself Repairs and Maintenance

FirstService Residential's Bill Worrall discusses the hidden costs of DIY maintenance and repairs and provides great insight into how boards can determine what can be done in house and what should be subbed out to appropriate contractors.

Posted on Wednesday November 13, 2013 read more
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