Labor Relations is Topic of June Property Managers’ Meeting
Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016
Realty Advisory Board Attorney Robert S. Schwartz gave a presentation on labor relations during our June Property Managers’ Meeting covering wage and benefit rules for new hires and vacation relief employees; leaves of absences; the Family and Medical Leave Act; reduction in force actions; and best practices for progressive (corrective) discipline, among other topics.
Four Paths for Board Succession
Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016
Here in New York City, our condominium and cooperative communities can exceed 1,000 units. For boards, that means a lot of responsibility – especially when it comes to planning for the future. Part of that is the future of the board itself, specifically the issue of succession. Here are a few strategies for ensuring the next board of managers or directors is just as capable and qualified as your current one.
Furry, Fit and Fun: Lifestyle Tips For Your New York City Dog
Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016
In many ways, New York City is one large playground. With a population upwards of eight million residents, approximately one out of five city dwellers are dog owners. This is prime evidence that New Yorkers are fans of enjoying their environment with their four-legged companions. With so many people, vehicles and events creating a constant buzz of action, you’ll need to take special precautions to keep your furry adventure buddy safe, happy and calm.
Rev Up Your Rooftop
Posted on Monday June 13, 2016
It’s no secret that the housing market in New York is competitive. So to truly set your high-rise apart, we suggest one thing: start at the top. Your rooftop is an opportunity to bring neighbors together, enhance the visual appeal of your property, and – if activated correctly – a potential revenue source that can bring added income to your association. There are always opportunities to enhance the amenities throughout your building but here are a few ideas that focus on the roof.
How to Ensure a Successful Annual Meeting - A Comprehensive Checklist & Guide For Your New York City Cooperative or Condominium
Posted on Thursday June 09, 2016
Annual meetings are not only a necessary part of association management – they are a valuable way to ensure smooth operations, enhance the lifestyle of owners and residents, and position your property for success. The main purpose of your your Your New York City Cooperative or Condominium's annual meeting is to inform shareholders and unit owners of the state of the property. Meetings may cover the building’s finances and any planned projects or ongoing capital improvements, and also include the election of new board members, voting on proposals requiring owner approval, or action on other urgent business. To start, we’ll offer you a quick overview of vital tips to ensure that your annual meeting is an efficient and productive one.
The Farmer's Market That Delivers to Your Door
Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016
Two FirstService Residential managed properties are featured in a Habitat magazine article about the convenience and accessibility of fresh, local ingredients thanks to Brooklyn-based produce delivery company, Farmigo.
How to Build a Better Board by Embracing and Understanding Diversity
Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016
A board of directors in a cooperative or board of managers in a condominium can be a diverse group. That’s especially true in New York City, where residents are known for their diversity of opinions – and their willingness to share them. In a dysfunctional board, this can be a recipe for disaster. But if you place an emphasis on fostering the right dynamics among your board members, you can turn these varying opinions and personalities into an armory of strength. Let’s take a look at how you can make this happen.
The Power of An Attractive Lobby
Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016
Nothing that happens in New York City is done halfway – everything is bigger, better, bolder and more. And that goes for the lobby of your condominium or cooperative too. Your lobby is your building’s chance to make a great first impression on a prospective resident. So what impression do you want to impart? Stylish and modern? Classic and grand? Fun and upbeat? Your lobby can convey all of this – and more. On the flip side, it can convey just the opposite. A shabby lobby with outworn features tells visitors and residents that this is a place where there’s little care and even less when it comes to service. It’s a big responsibility, so we’re here to help out with a few tips.
Help Your Multifamily Property Go Green! Energy Incentives Available Now
Posted on Monday May 23, 2016
In a densely populated, cultural and financial capital like New York City, the initiative to reduce carbon emissions has gained momentum, making sustainability and resiliency a point of focus in everyday living. With various incentives and rebates offered by utilities and government agencies, buildings are able to embrace green practices and "go green" at a lower cost while enjoying ongoing energy savings as a result. We’ll give you a quick tutorial on finding an appropriate solution for your building and making the most out of the different energy incentives currently available.