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Five Ways to Provide a Fair Living Space

Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

Have you and your association given some thought to fair living space within your community? If not, then you should familiarize yourself with the concept because it can have a profound effect on your community.

Preparing a Budget that Works: Eight Easy Steps

Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

Preparing your association’s annual budget, while one of your responsibilities as a member of the Board, is probably not high on your list of favorites. And understandably so – the budgeting process can certainly be a major source of stress for anyone involved. The key, however, is to see the process as a valuable opportunity to not just ensure the financial well-being of your association and its homeowners, but also to plan for years to come. As effective association management depends on this financial tool, it’s important to follow some guidelines.

Board of Directors vs. Property Management Company: Who Does What?

Posted on Monday July 18, 2016

If you own property in a condominium or townhome development, or are a part of a single-family home community, chances are that your community is governed by an association. Whether it’s a homeowners association, commonly known as an HOA, condominium association or cooperative association, the one thing they have in common is that they are all led by a Board of Directors.

Is Installing PEV Charging Stations the Right Choice for Your Community?

Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016

Electric cars are no longer a thing of the future. In fact, as discussed in our previous article, the number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road is quickly growing, which means the need for conveniently located battery charging stations is also on the rise. But what does this mean for your association?

Is Your Community Ready for Plug-In Electric Cars (PEVs) and Charging Stations?

Posted on Friday July 08, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt made their much-anticipated debut as the country’s first mass-market plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) more than five years ago. And in that time, nearly half a million people have jumped on the PEV bandwagon. But what does this mean for community associations?

Nine Simple Steps to Build Community Spirit

Posted on Tuesday July 05, 2016

If you ask any association board, they will tell you that they strive for a property of residents brimming with community spirit.  Why you ask? Because in the community management world, “spirit” typically translates into having pride in your community.  Promoting community spirit is not as daunting as it might seem. Though it may be the intangible thing that binds associations together, community spirit can be built in very tangible ways. A tightly knit community can be the product of following just a few simple steps.

Six Essential Parts of Community Association Elections

Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016

Elections are a big part of what makes our community associations work. It’s what empowers members, galvanizes our community, and brings residents together for a common purpose.
To make sure your election is fair, inclusive, and consistent with the documents governing your community, follow these protocols.

How Florida Community Associations Can Get Ready for Electronic Voting

Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

Voting in Florida community associations - is there an app for that? Advances in technology have made it easier to do everything from make a dinner reservation to communicate with people from all around the world as if they were sitting in your living room. With all that technology offers, you may have wondered from time to time why there was not an easier way to cast your vote in the election of directors or in any matter brought before the members in your community association. Why were you unable to cast your vote on these important association matters online instead of having to complete and return a written ballot or proxy? Well, the answer is that, up until very recently, Florida Statutes did not authorize the use of electronic voting in community associations. In fact, prior to July 1, Florida Statutes required the use of written ballots and proxies for membership votes. While the use of written ballots and proxies is still permitted and likely to continue, boards that desire to leverage technology to the fullest now have the statutory authority to utilize electronic voting in their communities.

Top Trends in Miami Luxury Multifamily Amenities

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016

It should come as no surprise to anyone that luxury multifamily high-rises continually strive to make the best use of a crane in the air and compete with neighbors. Certainly, the easiest way to do that is to offer standout amenities. And in no other real estate market is this exemplified better than in Miami's luxury market.

A Globe St. May 17, 2016 article featuring Hector Vargas, President of South Florida High-Rise for FirstService Residential addresses why "Miami's ultra-luxury real estate landscape is an extension of  the seven-star, opulent lifestyle to which this elite clique is accustomed to."

How to Establish HOA Board Member Succession in Your Florida Community

Posted on Friday January 08, 2016

Having a great board of directors to lead the way for a community association is vital to its future health and well-being. After all, smooth sailing through rough seas – or any seas for that matter –is much easier with a good captain or pilot at the helm. How can one ensure that future HOA board members are well-qualified and prepared to take the reins and lead your community as they should? The key is to start well before the idea of running for the board takes shape in a homeowner’s mind. It starts with education. Here are some tips to encourage the birth of a great board member.

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