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

What are HOA Fees? And What Does Your HOA Fee Cover?

Congratulations!  You just bought a new home and it’s perfect for your family – just the right size, condition, location and neighborhood to meet your needs.  Your new home is part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), so the landscaping and common areas always look beautiful and well-maintained.  It even has great amenities, like a clubhouse and fitness center – there goes your last excuse not to get back in shape! 

Posted on Tuesday July 07, 2015 read more

Budget-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Nursery Into a Toddler’s Room

Somehow, in the blink of an eye, your sweet and cuddly baby has turned into an active and independent toddler – curious about everything and always on the move.  She’s outgrown her crib and baby furniture, and now that she can speak up, she’s quite vocal about her desire to change the nursery into a big kid’s room – and has some definite ideas about how to get there.  We know you may not agree with her tastes – or how much they might cost to implement – so here are six budget-friendly, easy-to-do tips to transform your nursery into a toddler’s room the whole family will love.

Posted on Friday June 26, 2015 read more

How to Make the Most of Homeowners Association (HOA) Living

Congratulations! You’ve made the transition from home renter to homeowner, perhaps moving up from a rental apartment or downsizing to a smaller single-family home, townhome or condominium that better suits your needs. You’re thrilled that your new home comes complete with a great location, beautiful landscaping, and desirable community amenities. Oh, and one more thing – you’re now a dues-paying member of your homeowners association (HOA), aka community association, condominium association, housing cooperative, or strata corporation, depending on your property type and location. 

Posted on Friday June 19, 2015 read more

What You Need to Know About Floods

Flooding has made big news lately, with good reason. The disasters in so many parts of the country have resulted in tragic losses of life and significant damage to property. Floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States, according to Floodsmart.gov. And floods are reportedly the most costly natural disasters in Canada in terms of property damage.

Posted on Wednesday June 17, 2015 read more

Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Live a Longer, Better Life, Part 2

Live long and prosper… More than just a catchphrase for the crew of the Starship Enterprise, the desire to live longer and better is a goal many of us hope to achieve.  And many of us already are – in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the average life expectancy continues to rise each year, and is now just shy of 80 years.  Want even more proof we’re living longer and more active lives than ever before?  Check out the growing popularity of active adult communities, which offer a host of fitness, recreational, social and educational programs exclusively to residents 55 or better.

Posted on Friday June 12, 2015 read more

Healthy Living - Healthy Lifestyle Tips for a Longer, Better Life

If you could, would you want to live forever?  Jeanne Calment of France, who was 122 ½ years old when she died in 1997, holds the world record for longest confirmed lifespan – long enough that as a child, she actually met Vincent Van Gogh and watched the construction of the Eiffel Tower.  

Posted on Friday June 05, 2015 read more

Six Ways Active Adult Communities Are Completely Different Now

The Baby Boomers have been a transformational generation, to say the least. Born between 1946 and 1964, Boomers are known as the healthiest and most educated of any American generation in history.

Posted on Tuesday June 02, 2015 read more

Eight Ways the Best Property Management Companies Can Help You

Being part of a Homeowners Association is rewarding – yet it can also be challenging at times. Board members are often tasked with difficult duties ranging from proper financial stewardship to navigating community conflicts, and much more. 

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015 read more

How to Use Feng Shui in Your Bedroom to Boost Relaxation and Wellbeing

Do you Feng Shui?  According to this 5,000-year-old Chinese practice, every object possesses an energy or life force (chi), which interacts with, and affects, each person’s personal flow of energy.  By adding, removing or rearranging the objects in our homes, we can effectively balance these energies to create happiness, health, success and prosperity.  Now who wouldn’t want that?

Posted on Friday May 22, 2015 read more

How Multigenerational Communities Can Please All Ages and Stages

What type of neighbors do you prefer – people just like you, or a mix of ages, stages and life experiences?  If you like diversity, you’re not alone – age-inclusive communities, aka multigenerational communities, are found in many locations and varieties throughout the U.S. and Canada.  But here’s the challenge:  since multigenerational communities attract residents of all ages – and multigenerational lifestyle communities offer desirable amenities and programs – how do their associations choose the right mix of activities and programming to meet homeowners’ needs and interests and enhance their lifestyles, both now and in the years to come?  

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 read more

Eight Tips For Helping Your Home Pass Inspection

Warm weather, balmy breezes and blooming trees and flowers are welcome signs that spring is here and summer is on the way.  It also means we’re in prime home buying season, and in fact, industry experts estimate that 40% of homes are sold from April through July.  So if your house is currently on the market, you’ll likely see more potential buyers – but also more competition from other sellers.  

Posted on Friday May 08, 2015 read more

One Way to Get More Out of Home Life

Where does true happiness begin? We’re sure you agree – it begins at home.

Posted on Monday May 04, 2015 read more

Property Management Jobs: The Best-Kept Hospitality Career Secret

If you’re a recent (or about-to-be) college grad looking for your perfect career fit, here’s a helpful checklist to help you narrow down your choices:  

Posted on Friday May 01, 2015 read more

25 Ways to Prevent Household Poisonings

Poisoning is the leading cause of death from injury in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But fortunately, poisonings are also highly preventable. 

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2015 read more

Seven Tips to Help You Live Large in a Small Space

Large homes with sprawling floorplans can make some people swoon, but they don’t always fit every homeowner’s taste, budget or lifestyle.  When it comes to living space, less can be more…less to furnish, less to clean and less to pay for.   So if you’re short on square footage, but long on flexibility and creativity, we’ve got seven smart tips to help you live large in a smaller space.  

Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015 read more

12 To-Do’s for the Ultimate Community Spring Clean Up

This winter, much of the country was hunkered down under thick layers of snow and temperatures so low that even the groundhog thought twice about going outside. But thankfully, spring is here, and with the blooming fruit trees and sunnier days comes the need to clean up, spruce up and get your community ready to enjoy the season. 

Posted on Friday April 17, 2015 read more

Five Reasons Board Members Go Back to School

You’ve just been elected to your Homeowners Association Board. Congratulations! Now you can celebrate...with some time back in the classroom.

Posted on Thursday April 16, 2015 read more

Seven Ways the ACA will Impact Your Association

By now you’ve heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act (or ACA), the legislation that greatly changes employers’ requirements when it comes to offering healthcare coverage to workers. You may have even experienced the effects of the law first-hand, either as an employee or a business owner.

Posted on Friday April 10, 2015 read more

Michael Mendillo, Regional President of FirstService Residential, Mid-Atlantic, Inspires William Patterson University Students

Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic region, returned to William Patterson University, his alma mater, to inspire students with real-life lessons about leadership and success.  

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015 read more

Five Reasons to Stop Renting and Start Buying

If you’re part of the Millennial generation (typically defined as someone born between 1977 and 1992), the renting vs. buying landscape is drastically different for you than it was for your parents and their peers.  That’s leading many Millennials to ask themselves the age-old question: should I rent a home or should I buy?

Posted on Tuesday April 07, 2015 read more
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