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.
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.