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Avoid Catastrophe in Your Condo Association This Winter: Protect Your Pipes

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017

Winter is here, and in Chicagoland and the rest of the state, the cold can present a range of issues. You’ve probably been keeping a watchful eye on driveways, roofs and other essential areas in your condo community. But don’t forget about one of the most freeze-sensitive parts of your buildings and systems: pipes.

A Rundown of New Laws that Could Affect Your HOA

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

Illinois legislators, as well as the city of Chicago, have been busy making some important legal changes that have a direct impact on condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs). We discussed some of them in depth in previous articles. In this article, we provide a summary of the new laws with which your HOA board and residents should be familiar.

New Year, New Opportunity to Increase Engagement and Happiness in Your HOA

Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2017

Engaged communities are happy communities. But how can your condominium or homeowners association increase satisfaction among residents? Well, it’s no surprise that community leadership plays a large role – including board members and, if professional management is involved, your property manager, management company and the support team. So let’s clarify some of these rights and responsibilities and how these roles impact the community.

What Makes a Condominium or Homeowners Association Board Successful?

Posted on Monday January 02, 2017

Serving on a homeowners or condominium association’s board of directors is not an easy task. You are making decisions that impact your community and neighbors. So what makes one board more effective than another? The Cooperator Chicagoland recently interviewed FirstService Residential Illinois President Asa Sherwood to find out the secret behind some of the Chicago area’s most successful associations.

What Makes A Property Manager Extraordinary?

Posted on Monday December 26, 2016

What does it take to be successful in the residential property management industry? Top Agent Magazine recently interviewed FirstService Residential’s Daniel Valdes to discover what has helped him become a leader in the industry.

2017 Chicago Recycling Ordinance: What Your Condo Association Needs to Know

Posted on Monday December 19, 2016

Homeowners associations for buildings in Chicago should be prepared for some changes to the city’s recycling ordinance. Effective January 1, 2017, both residential and commercial multi-unit buildings will be required to implement “single-stream source-separated” recycling programs. What does this mean, and how, exactly, should your association’s board of directors go about ensuring that your building is compliant?

New Illinois Law Gives HOA Boards More Leeway in Holding Closed Meetings

Posted on Monday December 12, 2016

Good news for board members of homeowners associations: Legislation effective January 1, 2017, makes it easier for association boards to hold closed (executive) sessions. What’s especially significant about the law is that it mitigates particular aspects of the First Appellate Court decision in Palm v. 2800 Lake Shore Drive that had left many board members frustrated.

The Three Keys to Effectively Delegating to Your Property Management Company

Posted on Monday November 21, 2016

One of the benefits of working with a property management company is being able to offload many tasks that you and the other board members would otherwise have to handle. However, that doesn’t mean that you are relieved of all responsibilities. There will always be some duties that lie entirely in the hands of board members. Read more for tips on how to successfully effectively delegate to your property management company.

How to Reduce Residential Development Costs with Professional Property Management

Posted on Thursday November 17, 2016

As the luxury residential market in Chicago grows ever more competitive, developers must take advantage of the wealth of knowledge professional property management teams can lend to their projects.

Vacation Rentals Part 1: The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Your Association

Posted on Thursday November 10, 2016

While traveling, the idea of staying where the locals live and experiencing the city from a new perspective is appealing to many. Vacationers have the chance to blend in and enjoy the comforts of home, away from home—that’s the luxury of the sharing economy. However, for condominium and homeowners associations, there are numerous issues to consider, including legal regulations. Read more about how the sharing economy may impact your building.

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