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Three Tips to Get Your HOA’s Drone Rules Off the Ground

Posted on Wednesday August 17, 2016

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s a drone! And it could cause a potential conflict in your homeowner’s association (HOA). While some HOAs and property management companies use the drones as a tool to conduct property inspections, these unmanned, remote-piloted flying vehicles raise important questions on safety and privacy, especially for those devices equipped with cameras and imaging technology. So what’s the role of your community association management company when it comes to drones? Let’s take a look. 
 

Four Factors That Will Shape Community Association Living in the Next Two Decades

Posted on Thursday July 28, 2016

What does the future hold for your community association? If you’re a board member, you might already have a pretty good idea – most likely because you’ve developed a plan for it. But what about issues outside of your control? How will they influence the strategies you develop to ensure your community is a great place to live for years to come? Let’s see where the coming decades will take us.

What Your HOA Needs to Know About CC&Rs

Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016

As part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), you’ve probably heard the phrase “CC&Rs” tossed around quite a bit. For a lot of us, the term is just a cluster of letters with no concrete meaning. But the truth is that CC&Rs can have a real impact on how you live. Let’s take a look at CC&Rs – what they mean, why they matter, and how they affect you.

How Your HOA Board Can Ensure Great Communication

Posted on Thursday July 07, 2016

Great communication is more than just loose talk, especially when it comes to homeowners, HOA board members and property management companies exchanging information, thoughts and ideas. When communication is done well, challenges get faced, questions get answered and community spirit becomes stronger. So what goes into that mix for good communication?

How HOA Boards Can Influence Public Policy

Posted on Thursday June 30, 2016

As a member of your HOA board, you know the value of your association. It serves an essential function for creating rewarding lifestyles for residents, protecting and enhancing property values, and much, much more. And yet some legislators and decision-makers aren’t as familiar with these benefits as you are. Unfortunately, sometimes these are the individuals that have a hand in creating the policies and laws that directly affect communities, associations, and residents. We’ve paired that insight with information from our own experts to arrive at five key areas of focus when it comes to how HOA Boards can influence public policy. Here they are.

Three Factors Influencing the Future of Community Association Management

Posted on Monday June 27, 2016

As a profession, community association management is relatively young; it goes back about 50 years. But in that short time, it has made great strides—and so have the communities who have benefited from professional, skilled management teams.
 
But what does the future hold for this profession, and how will it influence how community members live? The trade organization Community Associations Institute (CAI) put their publication, Common Ground, to work to find some answers to this question. They brought together industry experts to weigh in on the matter. FirstService Residential has also been at the forefront of looking to the future in this growing industry.

Community Swimming Pool Resurfacing: What Your Board Needs to Know

Posted on Friday June 17, 2016

Your pool is a source of fun for all of your community’s residents. Yet when it comes time to resurface it, it can quickly become a source of headaches. Knowing the facts about your pool resurfacing options can help minimize the hassle – and ensure your community enjoys a quality pool experience for years to come. The best decision is an informed decision. An excellent community association management company will be experienced in this area and can weigh in with some really good insight – and make a recommendation for a reliable pool specialist, too. But before you get to that point, you can start with these pros and cons. 

How to Save on Summer Energy Costs

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

Summer’s longer days mean more time to enjoy warm weather and sunshine, but they also mean higher energy bills. There is a bright side, however: by implementing an energy management program within your community, you can help keep costs down without sacrificing comfort.
 

Community Swimming Pool Safety: Six Things Your Association Should Remember

Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016

Summertime is swim time, and for the most part, it’s a full immersion into carefree fun. But without the right swimming pool safety practices, your residents could be at risk. And when you consider the sheer number of pools and swimmers in North America, safety becomes even more important. Swimming is the most popular recreational activity for children and teens ages 7 to 17 in the U.S. They have ample opportunities, with 10.6 million pools in the country. In Canada, there are around 1.1 million pools. The most recent studies available place swimming as the third most popular sport of choice in that country, trailing only extremely popular mainstays like hockey and golf. Clearly, swimming pool safety is paramount. Here are some tips to keep in mind all summer long.

Six Essential Elements to a Great Community

Posted on Tuesday June 14, 2016

Good community living looks easy. People are smiling. Residents are enjoying amenities. And the neighborhood or building looks amazing. But behind all this, there’s a lot of hard work. So who, exactly, is responsible for creating the kind of place people love to call home? And how does it all come together? Well, those answers are what we’re here for. Let’s take a look at the essential elements that need to come together to create a great community.

 

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