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Here are several examples of how FirstService Residential has been making news throughout our market.
 

Resolving Community Conflict: 4 Principles for Board Members

Think about the last conflict you experienced on your board or in your community. Who was at fault? It can be easy to point fingers or immediately ignore a “disagreeable” person’s opinion, but as a board member, there are many factors you should take into account.

Posted on Friday December 08, 2017 read more

7 Qualities of a Great Community Manager

You probably know what a good community manager looks like. They work well with people and are familiar with the ins and outs of HOAs. But a great community manager is the foundation to a thriving community.

Posted on Friday December 01, 2017 read more

Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part Three: Your 4-Step Action Plan

Technology has come a long way over the past decade. Mobile devices now let you pay credit card bills, order takeout, make doctor’s appointments and store personal information in “the cloud” with the touch of a button or a tap on your phone. Nevada homeowners associations are utilizing the latest digital technologies in a big way.

Posted on Friday October 27, 2017 read more

A Smooth HOA Management Transition Starts With Good Communication

Most homeowners associations (HOAs) in Nevada are managed by a community management company. So hiring a new management company is a pretty common occurrence in our state.

Posted on Tuesday October 03, 2017 read more

What the New Marijuana Law Could Mean for Your HOA

As of January 1, 2018, marijuana sale for recreational use will be legal in Nevada. And with the “early start” program that went into effect on July 1, 2017. What, exactly, does the new law mean for your HOA?

Posted on Friday September 01, 2017 read more

Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part Two: The Board’s Role in Data Safety

Be honest: As a board member for your homeowners association (HOA), how much do you think about cyber security? More and more, hackers are targeting small businesses – and remember, your HOA is a small business. In part two of this three-part series, we offer tips that your board should take to keep your community safe from hackers.

Posted on Tuesday July 18, 2017 read more

Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part One: How Residents Can Prevent Attacks

Find out what steps residents can take to prevent a cyber attack by reading part one of our three-part series on cyber security.    

Posted on Tuesday June 27, 2017 read more

Effective HOA Communications: Why the Right Technology Matters

Be honest: How good are the communication tools that your homeowners association (HOA) uses? Can residents and board members readily contact each other and your management company? Does your method of exchanging information ensure safety, privacy and compliance with Nevada HOA laws?

Posted on Monday April 03, 2017 read more

Financial Statements 101 – the What, Why and How

Your board took the time to create a solid budget your association can stick to. Now how do you regularly measure your success at doing so? Regularly generated financial statements are the best tool for keeping an eye on the fiscal fitness of your association.

Posted on Thursday February 23, 2017 read more

Specialized Training Benefits Board Members and the Communities They Serve

No humidity and no personal income tax – just two of the many reasons people continue to flock to Nevada to raise families, retire or simply enjoy its unique blend of desert and metropolitan lifestyles.   But as many residents of Nevada’s HOA and condo communities have discovered, there is another important thing you won't find in the Silver State:  requirements for training or education for community board members, to ensure that they understand and can fulfill their association duties. In some cases, that can affect residents’ quality of life.

Posted on Wednesday February 08, 2017 read more

Making Your HOA’s Money Go Farther

An important job when you are on the board of a homeowners association (HOA) is to properly manage the HOA budget. One way that you probably do this is by trying to get the highest-quality products and services at the lowest possible prices.   Sure, it’s great to save a couple of hundred dollars, but what if you could save even more? Some Nevada communities have done just that.

Posted on Monday December 19, 2016 read more

Seven Things You Need to Know About High-Rise Insurance

There are many reasons that Nevadans choose to live in high-rise buildings. Perhaps for you, it’s the concierge services and great security. Or maybe you especially enjoy all the amenities. Just as high-rises offer residents a unique lifestyle, they also present unique insurance requirements for both associations and individual unit owners.

Posted on Wednesday November 09, 2016 read more

Squatter Laws: Getting Rid of Uninvited "Guests"

While some surprises (birthday parties, a promotion or a new puppy) are good, many surprises such as a flat tire or an IRS audit are not.  One particularly nasty surprise is finding out that someone has broken into your vacant property and moved in.  Thankfully, during the last legislative session, new laws were passed  to deal with “squatters” which allow you to (relatively) quickly and legally remove squatters from your property.  

Posted on Tuesday November 01, 2016 read more

Staying Up on New Legislation: The Role of Your HOA Management Company

The 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, which begins on February 6, 2017, is quickly approaching. Find out four things you should expect your management company to do before, during and after the 79th session of the Nevada Legislation convenes.

Posted on Wednesday October 26, 2016 read more

Six Steps to Fill a Vacancy on Your HOA Board

The sudden departure of one of your board members is never an ideal situation for your homeowners’ association (HOA). It could affect productivity, create confusion and it can worry residents. But sometimes, your HOA simply can’t avoid it.

Posted on Monday October 10, 2016 read more

Five Simple Ways to Manage Your HOA Parking Policy

One of the most common challenges that homeowners’ associations (HOAs) face is how to address parking violations.

Posted on Tuesday October 04, 2016 read more

Moving from Developer to HOA Control: How a Great Transition Team Can Ensure Success

Transitioning a community from control by the property developer to control by a homeowners association (HOA) can be a scary time for residents and a challenging process for HOA board members.

Posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016 read more

Nevada HOA Board Members: Get Ready for Another “Day at the Capitol”

The start of the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session will be here before you know it, and FirstService Residential is already gearing up for its second “Day at the Capitol” event. This event, scheduled for March 28, 2017, provides an opportunity for homeowners association (HOA) board members to make their voices heard regarding HOA legislation.

Posted on Friday September 16, 2016 read more

FAQs: What You Need to Know About HOA Annual and Special Meetings

It is not always easy for homeowners to understand the different types of meetings that homeowners’ associations (HOAs) hold. Even for board members, it can sometimes be confusing to know which type of meeting is the right venue for a particular issue or topic. How certain are you that meetings in your community are being run in accordance with Nevada law and your HOA bylaws?

Posted on Monday September 12, 2016 read more

What It Takes to Have Successful HOA Board Meetings

As a member of your homeowners’ association (HOA) board, you are certainly aware of how tricky it can be to run board meetings. Some days you may feel more like a cat herder, a referee or a crisis negotiator than a board member!   So what can you do to ensure that your meetings run smoothly? Enlisting the help of a professional community management company can make a tremendous difference. Read on to learn some techniques—and Nevada requirements—for having successful meetings.

Posted on Wednesday September 07, 2016 read more
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