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It’s Back To School! Easy Tips to Keep Everyone Sane and Happy

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

The lazy days of August are moving far too quickly; school will start in North Carolina by the end of the month! As a parent, you know what back to school is all about. Yes, it’s a change in schedule for the kids, but also requires adjustments in your whole world: speeding through homework and last-minute projects, getting everyone out the door in the morning, running back home for left-behind gym clothes, permission slips and backpacks. The good news is that back to school doesn’t have to mean back to insanity. Some organization and prep time can go a long way toward lessening back to school stress – and even make this time of year more fun for everyone. With a few these suggestions from California Closets, the leader in custom home storage solutions and an authority in design, for arranging your household to be more school-friendly, your first day back will earn high marks! 

Planning a Vacation? Four Easy Things You Need to Do

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Summertime and the living is easy…  The weather is beautiful, kids are out of school until the end of August – it’s the perfect chance to go to beaches, camp sites, on cruises and more. There are tons of options to choose from and lots of details to plan for a great summer vacation for everyone. Get out of town and relax around Lake Norman, hike in the Smoky Mountains or hit the beaches of the Outer Banks…. or fly somewhere exotic to really get away from it all.

While fun in the sun might be on your mind, it’s just as important, as a homeowner, to think about the safety and security of the property you’ll be leaving behind. Whether you live in a high-rise condo or in a master-planned community, in Charlotte or Asheville, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for your trip.  No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

Characteristics of a Great Community Association Management Company

Posted on Tuesday July 19, 2016

If you’re in the market for a community association management company, then chances are there are a lot of questions you’re ready to ask. You want to be sure the company you contract with is experienced, knowledgeable, and equipped to handle the specific needs of your association. Granted, there’s no single set of questions you can ask a firm that will ensure they can meet your particular requirements. But there are a few qualities that you can look for in general. Let’s take a look at them here.

Which of These Three Maintenance Styles Describes Your North Carolina Community?

Posted on Monday June 20, 2016

Communities that postpone essential maintenance may find that a minor repair can result in a more serious repair, escalating and accruing more costs in the long. These repairs may even need to be accommodated through special assessments. Typically, this happens when a board does not have an established relationship with a dependable property management company that knows how and when to address important maintenance issues.

Important Terms North Carolina Association Board Members Should Know

Posted on Thursday April 21, 2016

Newly elected board members may come across unfamiliar terminology that will now be part of their new life. Making a list of a few key words and reviewing them regularly can help make the transition easier. With time and experience, this terminology will become second nature. Below, you will find a good starting point for your list, brought to you by FirstService Residential, North Carolina’s leading residential property management company. Beyond this list, it would be a great idea to speak to your property management company to discover any specific terms applicable to your role in your community.

Michael Mendillo, Regional President of FirstService Residential, Mid-Atlantic, Inspires William Patterson University Students

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic region, returned to William Patterson University, his alma mater, to inspire students with real-life lessons about leadership and success.  

Reserve Portfolio Management

Posted on Wednesday January 28, 2015

As with the rest of the country, boards in the Carolinas have a fiduciary duty to make certain reserve funds are invested responsibly. But with this historically low rate environment, it can be a challenge for boards to maximize returns.

Winter Pipe Safety Measures

Posted on Wednesday January 14, 2015

You don’t want to get caught in a deep freeze – and the same goes for pipes!  Do you know how to keep the pipes in your building or system from freezing when temperatures plummet? 

To Self-Manage or Not? How to Get the Best Property Management Service

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2014

How can I get the best service for my property? That’s a question community associations wrestle with regularly. Some self-managed community associations believe they can’t afford to hire a professional property management company to manage and maintain their community’s operations, assets, finances, common areas and other day-to-day activities. However, as you’ll learn in this article, a professional property management company is one thing many communities can’t afford to be without.

FirstService Residential Executive Discusses Offbeat Second Home Investment Locations and Trends

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2013

While exclusive communities like the Hamptons or Malibu will always be attractive locations for affluent vacation home buyers, several new trends are emerging in the growing second home market. 

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