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How to Build a Better Board by Embracing and Understanding Diversity

Posted on Wednesday May 25, 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 Tuesday May 24, 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. 

How to Ensure a Stress-Free Board Member Election for your Condominium or Cooperative

Posted on Monday May 16, 2016

Each year, cooperative shareholders and condominium owners meet to elect a board of directors or a board of managers that will be responsible for all aspects of the building for the following year. That election takes place at the community’s annual meeting. Board elections are a key part of your association’s stability and future growth. Follow these steps to make sure your election is fair, inclusive, and consistent with your governing documents. 

Dog Training Tips to Create a Happy Community

Posted on Sunday May 08, 2016

As dogs become cherished family members and your family’s best friend, it is very important to invest in their proper dog training and socialization. This will help you avoid any friction within your own home, as well as with those in your community. As a devoted dog owner, it’s up to you to earn a good reputation for yourself and for your dog. Here are some effective dog training tips to help make you and your dog a good community citizen and minimize complaints from neighbors. 

Buildings Get Bike Friendly

Posted on Friday May 06, 2016

Marc Kotler, Senior Vice President of FirstService Residential's New Development Group, is quoted in The New York Times discussing the significance, and growing demand, of bicycle storage rooms in New York City residential buildings. 

Sustainable Living in the City: Tips for an Eco-Friendly Community and Lifestyle

Posted on Monday May 02, 2016

While many New York City multifamily properties seek to adopt sustainable living practices and create eco-friendly communities, not everyone possesses the knowledge of where to begin such an endeavor. Here are some effective and easy tips to help you be proactive and successful in achieving your “green goals.” 

Meet FS Energy’s Kelly Dougherty: Efficiency Advisor for FirstService Residential Boards and Property Owners

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

As FS Energy’s Director of Energy Management, Kelly Dougherty supports FirstService Residential boards, building owners and property managers by analyzing and developing energy efficiency projects in their buildings.

FFI Enhances Fiscal Status of Silver Towers through Creative Financing

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

Our affiliate, FirstService Financial, Inc. (FFI), assists clients of FirstService Residential in obtaining financing at the most competitive interest rates and terms available. FFI has facilitated or assisted in loan placements in excess of $1 billion for cooperatives and condominium associations.

Fueling the Smoking Debate: Co-op Liable for $120K Over Secondhand Smoke Infiltration

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

Smoking bans in condo, co-op, and rental buildings, while still relatively rare, are becoming more commonplace. Is this something that your board might want to consider? It is not easy to implement, and you should discuss this with your building’s attorney before starting the process.

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