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Falling Into Place: Autumn Tips to Take Advantage of Now

Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

While the summer may have you thinking of different ways to beat the heat, it’s important to start preparing for the cold weather now, too. In fact, the change in seasons brings a variety of landscaping and maintenance issues you’ll want to get a jump-start on before that first cold snap. So with the quickly approaching autumn season in mind, here are a few points you’ll want to focus on.

Tips to Help Your Community Members Plan for Summer Vacation Travel

Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

Summer is slipping away – time to hit the road! Beautiful weather, a break from school and lighter work schedules for many offer the perfect opportunity to get away from it all for a while. Before rest and relaxation mode takes over, there are a few important things to take care of. Taking a little time to properly prepare your home can save you money and worry in the long run. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or in a master-planned community, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for an extended time away. No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

Planning for L.E.A.D.S. 2016 is underway

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

FirstService Residential is proud to announce L.E.A.D.S. 2016 will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This biennial educational, networking event is focused and shaped on the attributes of Learn, Evolve, Achieve, Deliver, and Succeed.

Part 2: Installing Charging Stations for Electric Cars in Your New Jersey Community

Posted on Friday June 17, 2016

Electric cars are finally here and are hot in the market. As we discussed in our previous article, there has been a surge in purchasing PEVs (plug-in electric vehicles) within the last five years. With the escalation of demand on electric cars and its purchases, battery charging stations are a hot topic that many condo boards, homeowners associations (HOAs), and co-ops across the country need are starting to address.

11 Qualities that Make a Great New Jersey Property Management Company

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

In choosing the right New Jersey property management company for your community, many questions need to be asked to see if the company or manager will be the right fit for your board and your residents. While every community has its own unique needs, and every residential management company has a unique way of meeting them, there are some qualities that any great company should have. Here is an easy list of the top qualities to look for in a full-service property management company.

Part 1: Electric Cars and Charging Stations – Are New Jersey Community Associations Ready?

Posted on Monday March 28, 2016

Are you ready to plug in instead of fill up? If so, you’ll join over 2,500 of your fellow New Jersey drivers who’ve already made the switch from gasoline-powered to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) – or a combination of both.

How the Municipal Services Act Benefits New Jersey HOAs and Community Associations

Posted on Thursday March 17, 2016

As you may recall, winter arrived late in the Mid-Atlantic, with balmy December temperatures dashing dreams of a white Christmas.  But despite the season’s late debut, heavy snowfall and even blizzard conditions affected many parts of this region this winter.  Consequently, many communities had to arrange and pay for snow removal services – which can often be one of the biggest chunks an association’s budget.   

But for managed communities in New Jersey, these costs may be mitigated by the Municipal Services Act, aka the Condominium Services Act.  If you’re a Board member of a managed community located in state, it’s very important that you understand what this legislation is all about – and how it can benefit your community association.

Does Your Association Understand Its Sidewalk Liability?

Posted on Tuesday October 27, 2015

The Qian v. Toll Brothers, Inc. ruling found that in the case of a sidewalk privately owned by a common interest community, the common law residential public-sidewalk immunity does not apply – regardless of who uses the sidewalk. Associations have the duty to take reasonable measures to clear snow and ice from its sidewalks. Read more for tips on how to prepare for this upcoming winter.

What to Consider When Creating Your Community’s Budget

Posted on Friday September 11, 2015

The budget is the driving force for all of your board’s initiatives. Beyond being just numbers; it’s the framework for accomplishing your community’s objectives, making it incredibly important. Yet, for many boards, this is often a confusing process.

Michael Mendillo, Regional President of FirstService Residential, Mid-Atlantic, Inspires New Jersey Students

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic region, returned to New Jersey's William Patterson University, his alma mater, to inspire students with real-life lessons about leadership and success.  

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