Professional Enrichment for Managers: The More You Know, the Better
Posted on Monday January 23, 2017
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.
Eight Simple Rules for Making Effective Condo and Co-op Policies & House Rules
Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017
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.
Mediation or Arbitration? How to Identify Appropriate Community Conflict Resolution
Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017
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.
2017: Year of the Renter
Posted on Friday January 06, 2017
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.
Home And Color Trends You'll Love in 2017
Posted on Tuesday December 27, 2016
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!
Roommates Divide and Conquer With Temporary Walls
Posted on Friday December 09, 2016
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.
With Great Power Comes Great Opportunity
Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016
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.
Fire Safety Tips For Your New York City Condominium or Cooperative
Posted on Monday November 28, 2016
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.