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Here are some recent examples of how FirstService Residential New York has been making news.
 

Formalize These Five Policies in Your High-Rise Right Now

High-rise living has more appeal now than ever! The wealth of amenities, unique culture, and concierge-level services draw a greater number and variety of people to vertical living each year. Of course, there are challenges. The density and close quarters of a condo or coop mean that residents need to be respectful of each other and sometimes that can lead to conflict and friction. Let’s take a look at some of the areas where concrete policies can help promote harmony and create order within a high-rise building.

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017 read more

Service Animals in Your Community: 5 Things You Need to Know

For individuals with disabilities, having the assistance and companionship of a service dog can help them achieve a greater quality of life and assist in performing daily tasks. What happens if conflicts arise due to your New York City condominium’s or cooperative’s policies and your need for a service animal? As this is both a sensitive and relevant situation that many condos and co-ops can face, the following guidelines are intended to guide you and your board in clarifying information about service animals and the rights of individuals with disabilities in your community.

Posted on Thursday January 26, 2017 read more

Professional Enrichment for Managers: The More You Know, the Better

Whether dealing with technology, administration or communication, on any given day property managers and managing agents are required to be jacks of all trades. And while some managers might actually have a practical background in plumbing or finance, it’s impossible for even the most seasoned professional to understand all aspects of running a multifamily property. That’s why engaging in continuing education is essential to maintaining a safe, successful, and financially solvent property. 

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017 read more

Eight Simple Rules for Making Effective Condo and Co-op Policies & House Rules

We all have rules we have to live by. Making those rules in the right way is critical. The most important factors in community policy making, whether for a condo or co-op, are clarity and sensibility. Everyone involved, including the management team, the board, owners and residents, must understand their responsibility when it comes to policy or rule creation, enforcement and compliance. When a policy is created, it’s a good idea to remind all residents of the roles of the various agents in the process and the reasoning for establishing the new policy or rule.

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017 read more

Mediation or Arbitration? How to Identify Appropriate Community Conflict Resolution

Within a dense, urban melting pot such as New York City, condominiums and cooperatives flourish with diversity. Communities have a plethora of different personalities coexisting, so it’s a fact of life that conflicts or disputes may arise. While many parties may be able to settle their differences amicably through discussion and negotiation, sometimes disputes escalate into a complex situation. Here, we’ll give you a brief overview of what both conflict resolution processes entail and how they’re different.

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017 read more

2017: Year of the Renter

Robert Scaglion, our executive managing director of new business development, provides commentary on where concessions and rents are headed in this New York Times article.

Posted on Friday January 06, 2017 read more

Home And Color Trends You'll Love in 2017

As you ring in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your life. You get to look back at all of 2016’s good times and accomplishments, and you also get to plan ahead to make 2017 even better than the past year. You might even make a New Year’s resolution or two to help you improve your health and well-being. But what about your living space? If you haven’t taken a good look at your home decor recently, the time is now!  

Posted on Tuesday December 27, 2016 read more

FirstService Residential Offers Active Shooter Training and Preparation for Building Staff

More than 370 mass shootings in the U.S. this year have killed 434 people and injured nearly 1,500 more. Due to these alarming statistics, FirstService Residential identified the value in educating both the company’s associates and building staff members on possible active shooter situations within residential properties. 

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016 read more

Roommates Divide and Conquer With Temporary Walls

FirstService Residential’s thought leadership is reflected in President Dan Wurtzel’s commentary in this article appearing in Sunday’s New York Times Real Estate section focused on tenants who have incorporated temporary walls into their living spaces to reduce the cost of rent and make living more affordable.

Posted on Friday December 09, 2016 read more

With Great Power Comes Great Opportunity

December’s Habitat magazine features an article about properties that became stronger and healthier after facing significant tragedies. FirstService Residential is credited with helping The Strand, a 300-unit condominium, quickly recover from the calamity.

Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016 read more

Compliance, Cyber Risk and Security are Focus of December Property Managers’ Meeting

Several important and timely presentations covering compliance, cyber risk and security were covered at our December Property Managers’ Meeting which was attended by more than 100 property managers.

Posted on Tuesday December 06, 2016 read more

Fire Safety Tips For Your New York City Condominium or Cooperative

For New York City residents who call a high-rise building their home, nothing compares to vertical living. But what about safety features? Specifically speaking, in a condominium or cooperative building, fire safety education is crucial. As a unit owner, shareholder, board member or building staff member, are you educated on how to prepare for the possibility of a fire inside your building or your unit? To help educate you on this topic, we’ve compiled some important tips on fire safety and prevention that every single member in your community needs to be aware of.  

Posted on Monday November 28, 2016 read more

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips for Your Home

Each year, approximately 2,650 people are killed by fires in their homes, making fire the third most common cause of accidental deaths at home. During the holiday season when there is an ample amount of cooking take place, decorative lights adorning homes, candles burning bright and an abundance of guests galore, it is crucial to ensure that your home within your New York City condominium or cooperative is fire-proof. We’ll give you a few tips to help you implement your own fire plan, and educate you on what you need to do to keep a fire from spreading in your apartment.

Posted on Tuesday November 22, 2016 read more

How Your Property Management Company Can Help You Develop and Communicate Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

On any given day, a New York City multifamily building can be vulnerable to any number of emergency situations. In our last article concerning the need for having an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place for your building, we discussed various strategies for effectively preparing your building, your staff, and your residents for any eventuality, as well as how a great property management company can help you do that. Here, we’ll elaborate upon the basics of developing and implementing an Emergency Preparedness Plan, and walk you through how to successfully communicate your plan building-wide.

Posted on Wednesday November 16, 2016 read more

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready? Your Property Management Company Can Help

In New York City, building emergencies present themselves in various forms – from power outages and gas leaks, to floods and fires and even shootings. The one common denominator? They happen when you least expect them. How do you prepare yourself for the unexpected? By having a comprehensive emergency plan in place for your multifamily building! An emergency plan can mean the difference between a situation that escalates into a crisis and one that is resolved efficiently and effectively. Here’s how a great New York City property management company can help you develop this life saving strategy. 

Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016 read more

432 Park Avenue will light up the night sky as of Monday

The western hemisphere’s tallest residential building, 432 Park Avenue, is a hard one to miss in the New York City skyline—so hard, in fact, that Curbed readers captured the tower in photos from across the city and beyond even when it was still on the rise. But now, a new architectural feature is being added to Viñoly’s trash can-inspired building that will make it pop even more.

Posted on Friday November 11, 2016 read more

How To Slash Residential Development Costs With Efficient Property Management

For more than two decades, FirstService Residential New York has been providing expert guidance to many of the city’s leading developers to help bring their visions to life. From the earliest planning stages to the ultimate turn-over to buyers, our expertise in creating and managing effective properties has proven vital to the long-term success and lasting legacy of many New York properties.

Posted on Friday November 11, 2016 read more

Interpreting New York’s Heightened Restrictions on Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals

FirstService Residential President Dan Wurtzel authors this article for Multi-Housing News discussing the impacts of New York City's new short-term rental regulations. 

Posted on Tuesday November 08, 2016 read more

New York City Co-ops and Condos Adopt Benchmarking

FS Energy's Director of Energy Management, Kelly Dougherty, is quoted in this Cooperator article discussing the significance and benefits of compliance with New York City Local Laws 84 and 87. 

Posted on Friday September 30, 2016 read more

Greater Financial Health - Tips For Your New York City Condo or Co-op

Maintaining your New York City condominium or cooperative’s financial health—just like maintaining your personal health—boils down to moderation and sharp decision making. To maintain maximum financial health for your multifamily property, consider these four “financial fitness” tips:

Posted on Thursday September 22, 2016 read more
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