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Difficult Residents: Good Communication Makes All the Difference

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Every community has at least one. You know who they are: the squeaky wheels, the complainers, the busybodies. Difficult residents are a fact of community life. 

Changes to the New Jersey Bathing Code May Affect Your Association’s Pool

Posted on Monday May 07, 2018

It’s almost swimming pool season! Before your residents snag their favorite poolside spots, your board needs to know about some state rules that will affect how you operate your community association pool.

What to Know about Service Dogs, Comfort Animals and Your New Jersey High-Rise

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

For many individuals with a disability or other debilitating condition, a service animal or assistance animal is essential to performing life’s daily tasks. But what happens when the presence of an assistance animal conflicts with the policies of your New Jersey high-rise association?

To Rent or Not To Rent? How Your Community Can Handle Rental Restrictions

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

It’s an issue that every board faces sooner or later: how many renters should our association allow in our community? 
 
Some issues to look at when considering a rental restriction are the availability of individual mortgages for units and the association’s ability to get a loan, for a capital improvement for example.

The Basics of Board Meetings for Your Community Association

Posted on Friday October 27, 2017

How many board meetings must your association hold? The number of required board meetings varies by association, so check your association bylaws. Some associations meet monthly, especially active high-rises, but some only meet quarterly. Regardless of how often your board meets, all of your meetings should be efficient.

Emergency Preparedness: Is Your High-Rise Ready?

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

Our Community Manager, Erin O’Reilly, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, has been published in the August 2017 issue of CAI New Jersey's Community Trends magazine. Her article highlights the importance of emergency preparedness and the appropriate procedures you can implement in your high-rise if a disaster strikes.

Five Steps You Can Take to Maintain Your HOA’s Financial Fitness

Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

The principles to fiscal fitness and physical fitness aren’t that different: Don’t overindulge. Make smart choices. Keeping your community association’s finances healthy requires care and exercising good judgment. Follow our tips to help you do that.

Is Your Community Staffed Adequately?

Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017

Staffing your community association is both an art and a science. Your community’s culture and lifestyle are supported by the staff you choose, and it’s important to make sure that you’ve got the right people in the right positions, and enough of them. Properly staffing your community goes far beyond having people to answer the phone and handle packages or keep the pool clean and tidy. 

Planning for L.E.A.D.S. 2017 is underway

Posted on Friday July 14, 2017

FirstService Residential is proud to announce L.E.A.D.S. 2017 will take place on Wednesday, September 27th at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey. We are excited to report that our biannual event is now taking place annually! Our educational, networking event is focused and shaped on the attributes of Learn, Evolve, Achieve, Deliver, and Succeed.

How Your Association Can Minimize Risk During Power Outages and Blackouts

Posted on Monday July 10, 2017

Losing power is never fun. But it’s bound to happen at some point, so preparation is the best defense. Different types of communities are affected by blackouts in different critical ways: high-rises lose their elevators and water; resort-style gated communities lose the ability to operate their gates. For residents, a blackout may be a short-term nuisance. For a community association, it can be a major headache in terms of risk management, safety and potential equipment damage that can provide an unwelcome shock to your budget.

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