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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. 

11 Qualities of a Great New York Property Management Company

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016

Choosing the right New York property management company is no simple task. And finding out they’re not a good fit after you’ve contracted with one just isn’t an option. So what if there were a few qualities you could look for that made it more likely you were partnering with the best management company for your property? While every community is different, you can boil down the basic requirements into these most useful traits. With that said, here’s what you should look for in an excellent New York property management company. 

Dog Training Tips to Create a Happy Community

Posted on Monday May 09, 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.

Lighting Retrofits Result in Financial Savings and Environmental Benefits

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

FS Energy recently facilitated lighting upgrades for dozens of FirstService Residential managed properties. Replacing common area bulbs and fixtures with highly efficient, ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lighting technologies yields significant reductions in energy use and costs while delivering more aesthetically-pleasing illumination.

Understanding and Getting the Most Out of Local Law 87

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016

As part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2012 the city enacted Local Law 87 (LL87) which mandates all buildings over 50,000 square feet complete an energy audit and retro-commissioning study of base building systems once every 10 years. The law defines base building systems as: the building envelope, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems, conveying systems, domestic hot water systems, and electrical and lighting systems.

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