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

Labor Relations is Topic of June Property Managers’ Meeting

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.

Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016 read more

Four Paths for Board Succession

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.  

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016 read more

Silver Towers Selects Cutting-Edge InVerde e+ to Boost Building Resiliency

FirstService Residential and the company's FS Energy subsidiary are referenced in this press release announcing the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) at Silver Towers, a property managed by FirstService Residential.

Posted on Thursday June 23, 2016 read more

Furry, Fit and Fun: Lifestyle Tips For Your New York City Dog

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. 

Posted on Wednesday June 15, 2016 read more

Rev Up Your Rooftop

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.

Posted on Monday June 13, 2016 read more

How to Ensure a Successful Annual Meeting - A Comprehensive Checklist & Guide For Your New York City Cooperative or Condominium

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.  

Posted on Thursday June 09, 2016 read more

The Farmer's Market That Delivers to Your Door

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.

Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016 read more

How to Build a Better Board by Embracing and Understanding Diversity

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.   

Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016 read more

The Power of An Attractive Lobby

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.   

Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016 read more

Help Your Multifamily Property Go Green! Energy Incentives Available Now

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. 

Posted on Monday May 23, 2016 read more

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

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. 

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 read more

11 Qualities of a Great New York Property Management Company

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. 

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016 read more

Dog Training Tips to Create a Happy Community

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. 

Posted on Monday May 09, 2016 read more

Buildings Get Bike Friendly

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. 

Posted on Friday May 06, 2016 read more

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

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.” 

Posted on Monday May 02, 2016 read more

Understanding and Getting the Most Out of Local Law 87

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.  

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

Lighting Retrofits Result in Financial Savings and Environmental Benefits

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.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

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

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.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

FFI Enhances Fiscal Status of Silver Towers through Creative Financing

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.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more

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

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.

Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2016 read more
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