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

What You and Your HOA Need to Know About Short-Term Rentals

From Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe, Nevada attracts a multitude of tourists and convention attendees. One type of lodging that has gained popularity among visitors is renting a room, a high-rise unit, or an entire house from a homeowner. This may seem like a great way for homeowners to make some extra cash while giving travelers a way to avoid the cost of more expensive hotels. However, there are a number of things to consider before deciding to rent out your home—especially if you belong to an HOA.

Posted on Friday August 05, 2016 read more

Three Key Positions on Your Nevada HOA Board

Building a great community requires having a board of directors dedicated to enhancing the living experience of your community’s residents. Its primary job is to set policies for your association.

Posted on Friday August 05, 2016 read more

Four Factors Shaping Association Living in the Coming Decades

The Silver State is no stranger to change. And that goes for Nevada homeowners’ associations, too. The key to navigating changes within HOAs is to anticipate them. That’s why the trade organization, Community Associations Institute (or CAI), brought together a panel of experts to discuss what’s ahead for common-interest communities in Nevada and across the nation. Their findings were featured in the group’s publication, Common Ground, and we’ve put together a summary of what they discovered, along with some key insights of our own.

Posted on Thursday August 04, 2016 read more

Understanding Your Association’s CC&Rs

One of the defining characteristics of HOAs is the use of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Although you might be familiar with the term, do you know how it really affects Nevada associations? Here’s a look at what they mean to you and how they affect you as a member of your community.

Posted on Thursday July 28, 2016 read more

Four Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Community Banking and Insurance Programs

As a board member for an HOA in Nevada, you know that financial stewardship is the foundation of good community management. You might think that revolves around smart budgeting and planning, and you’d be partially right. But strong finances are also the result of implementing smart banking programs and purchasing the right insurance coverage.  

Posted on Tuesday July 26, 2016 read more

Tips for Hiring the Best Community Management Company

The help of a good community management company can make a world of difference for you and your fellow board members. But finding the company that best fits your association’s needs can sometimes present a challenge.

Posted on Friday July 22, 2016 read more

Drones and Your Association

You’ve probably seen stories about drones in the news. Or, you might be the owner of a drone yourself. Either way, you know that these unmanned, remote-piloted flight vehicles have come under scrutiny because of safety and privacy concerns. Is there a way your HOA can manage the use of drones in your community?

Posted on Friday July 15, 2016 read more

Ways to Save on Your Community Insurance

As a board member for a Nevada HOA, fiscal stewardship is one of your primary concerns. That means looking for more ways to help your community save money—and that includes saving on insurance. Whether your HOA manages a high-rise, a condo, or a master-planned community, this is a great place to seek savings.

Posted on Friday July 08, 2016 read more

Five Ways to Impact Public Policy Affecting HOAs

As a board member, you know that Nevada HOAs do great things for their residents. Creating an enjoyable lifestyle and protecting property values are just part of what your association does.   But for some people, the benefits aren’t so obvious. Unfortunately, this is sometimes true for legislators who are tasked with creating laws that affect HOAs.

Posted on Tuesday July 05, 2016 read more

The Changing Face of Community Management

About 50 years ago, community management began to gain prominence as a profession. Compared to other vocations, that’s a relatively short time. But in this brief timespan, the industry has changed and adapted in keeping with the communities that professional managers serve.

Posted on Friday July 01, 2016 read more

Five Things You Should Know About Community Management Certifications

When it comes to community managers, there’s a whole world of professional acronyms that can have a big impact on the quality of service Nevada HOAs receive. A small group of letters—like CMCA, AMS, or PCAM—can mean big things when it comes to a professional’s area of expertise. Five Things You Should Know About Community Management Certifications.

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016 read more

Five Financial Health Tips for HOAs

Nevada HOAs take note: The health of your finances dictates the health of your community. Just like with your physical health, your financial health requires a regular check-up, too. Consider this to be one of those check-ups, and take stock of your financial habits to make sure they match up with these healthy activities.

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016 read more

What You May Not Know About Living in a Master-Planned Community

Here in Nevada, there are many master-planned communities offering residents a range of neighborhoods, housing and lifestyle options, and amenities. As in any managed community, the set of rules governing a master-planned community often serves to keep the neighborhood appealing.

Posted on Wednesday June 22, 2016 read more

Six Prospective Changes Affecting Nevada HOAs

HOAs in Nevada are evolving every day. While focusing on current or short-term needs might be practical, it’s important to plan for the future management of your homeowners’ association, too. In order to account for these changes, you must look at trends and data surrounding key topics and analyze how this may affect the operation of your HOA in the future.

Posted on Tuesday June 21, 2016 read more

Community Swimming Pool Safety: Six Things Your Association Should Remember

With temperatures breaking into triple digits, we know one of the best ways to cool off is to visit your community pool. Kids love them, and adults do too – but how do you ensure safety when they are trying to combat the sun?

Posted on Friday June 17, 2016 read more

Three Tips to Transform from Board Volunteer to Community Leader

So you’ve chosen to volunteer for your homeowners’ association. And you’ve managed to get elected to the board. Mission accomplished, right?   Not so fast.

Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016 read more

Taking Action: Understanding the Nevada Legislature and How it Affects Your Community

If you’re a board member or resident in a condo or homeowners’ association (HOA) in Nevada, we have good news for you: Carson City is listening.   Your state legislators have a big impact on the rules that affect HOAs, and we’re fortunate to live in a state with a responsive legislature. And with big initiatives on the table nationwide, now is the time to speak up.

Posted on Friday June 03, 2016 read more

Nine Ways Your Association Can Build Community Spirit

As a board member or resident you want your homeowners’ association to be more than just a group of houses in close proximity to each other – you want a community.  You want your residents to feel like they belong to something bigger than just their living space. But, how do you foster this community type feeling? Where does this sense of community spirit and pride come from?

Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016 read more

18 Ways to Get the Most from Your Contractor

If you’ve ever worked with a contractor, you know it can go one of two ways: either really well, or like a total disaster. If it’s the former, the contractor will deliver work on time and on budget (and hopefully, beyond expectations). If it’s the latter, you were probably faced with delays, unexpected change orders, and worst of all, substandard workmanship.

Posted on Monday May 23, 2016 read more

Five Things to Know About Adequate Staffing

What makes a community? It’s a lot more than just the amenities you offer. It also comes down to lifestyle – and often that’s powered by the staff you have on hand.

Posted on Friday May 20, 2016 read more
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