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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.

FirstService Residential Highlights the Importance of Service

Posted on Monday July 10, 2017

Our Community Manager, Carol Nickerson, CMCA, has been published in the June 2017 issue of CAI New Jersey's Community Trends magazine. 

Six Essential Tips For New HOA Board Members

Posted on Wednesday July 05, 2017

Congratulations are in order – you’ve just been elected to the board. So now the big question: What’s next? Follow these new board member basics and you’ll soon be governing like a pro.

Do You Know How to Establish Board Member Succession?

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

Just as in any successful business organization, succession is an integral part of a healthy community association board. Planning ahead, and planning strategically, provides for a more seamless operation for your board. When individuals are prepared for and knowledgeable about a role, they can hit the ground running immediately after the election. Here are several ways you can help make this happen.

The Best Service from Your Management Team Starts Before You Ask

Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017

You want your community association management company to respond when you need them. Shouldn’t a good management company be able to foresee some of your association’s needs and meet them before you ask? That’s the principle at the heart of proactive service, when emergencies are prevented rather than responded to. The best service is proactive, but its very nature – preventing problems before they arise – means that it can be hard to spot. So how do you know that your community association management company is being proactive on your behalf? Read on for some ways you can tell if your management company is behaving proactively.

Protecting Your High-Rise with a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017

Chances are that you don’t associate your high-rise building’s preventative maintenance plan with Benjamin Franklin. However, his well-known adage “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” couldn’t be more relevant, according to the Director of Project Services, Frank Fittipoldi, in the High-Rise Division at FirstService Residential in New Jersey. That’s why he recommends that every high-rise condo or co-op board put together a detailed preventative maintenance plan for their building. Start to create your plan with these tips.

New Jersey Resale Certificates and Packages – Why They Matter When You Buy a Home

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017

For most people, buying a home is the largest investment they make. We all know there’s a lot of paperwork that comes with buying a home, and although it can seem overwhelming, that paperwork is vital for the protection of the buyer, the seller and the community in which the home is located. If you are buying or selling a home in managed community, a resale package is a critical part of that. What is a resale package and why is it important? How do you get one and when do you need it? We sat down with our Director of Resale to get the answers to these and other important questions.

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