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  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Benefits & Incentives for Multifamily Buildings

    FirstService Residential recommends that all boards and building owners consider the installation of EV charging stations and incentives available through NYSERDA and ConEd.
  • Don’t Be the HOA Bad Guy: 4 Proven Policy Enforcement Tips

    Enforcing HOA policies is nobody’s cup of tea, but having good policy enforcement in place helps improve the resident experience and elevates your reputation. Follow these 4 principles for healthy policy enforcement:
  • Are You a Snowbird Heading South for the Winter? Learn How to Prepare Before Flying the Coop!

    Do you escape to warmer weather down south once there’s a chill in the air and the leaves start to turn? If you’re a snowbird (or Winter Texan!), you need to know how to protect your home up north while basking in the southern sunshine
  • Can an HOA Board Vote by Email?

    For a growing number of community associations across the United States and Canada, statute changes are making electronic voting a possibility for boards. If your state or province permits online voting – or will soon – does that mean that your board should make this option available to homeowners in your community?
  • How to Create Community Policy - Make Rules without Making Enemies

    Good rules make good community members. The most important factors in association policy making, whether for a condo, co-op, townhome or master-planned community, are clarity and sensibility. The board must be clear – and united – on the policy being created and then must communicate that policy to all residents. Whether the policy is about overnight guest parking, designated smoking areas, amenity usage or approved flooring, the basic steps to creating good policy and enforcing it successfully are the same. It’s important that everyone involved, including board members, residents and the management team, understand who is responsible for the various roles that are part of policy creation, enforcement and compliance.
  • Keep Your Annual Meeting From Derailing With These 5 Tricks

    Your annual meeting is your community association’s most well-attended meeting of the year. That’s no surprise since it’s where residents get the most insights about their community and have an opportunity to elect their board members. But the large turnout also means it’s the meeting most likely to get off track. Keep your meeting from getting derailed by using these 5 techniques.
  • 5 Ways to Encourage a Sense of (the Larger) Community in Your Association

    Your association doesn’t function in a vacuum. It’s part of a larger community. Having members actively engaged in your town or city is good for the association and adds to residents’ sense of community. Find out what your board can do to encourage residents to get more involved in their larger community.
  • Energy Efficiency for Community Associations

    Many community association boards and residents would like to implement energy efficiency measures in their communities. But what about the cost to get started?
  • Five Simple Tips for Marketing Your Association

    Nothing says a healthy community like full homes/units and bustling activity in common areas. Painting a pretty picture of a dynamic community to potential buyers takes minimal effort on the part of the board.
  • Is Installing Electric Vehicles Charging Stations the Right Choice for Your Community?

    The number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road is quickly growing, which means the need for conveniently located battery charging stations is also on the rise. What does this mean for your association?
  • Is Your Community Ready for Plug-In Electric Cars (PEVs) and Charging Stations?

    The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt made their debut as the first US mass-market plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) more than five years ago. Nearly half a million have jumped on the PEV bandwagon. What does this mean for community associations?
  • How to Communicate so Residents Listen

    Are residents in your community always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with?
  • How to Improve Communication in Your Association

    As a homeowner, you can do your part to make communication in your community association better. Find out how.
  • Is Your Management Company a Good Communicator?

    Is good communication important to your property management company? Use this questionaire to find out.
  • How to Communicate so HOA and Condo Residents Listen

    Are residents in your community always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with? When your board clearly and effectively communicates with residents, it has a positive impact on the overall wellbeing of your condo or homeowners association (HOA). Open and honest communication creates the perception of transparency and facilitates a feeling of community.
  • How to Improve Communication in Your Association

    As a homeowner, you can do your part to make communication in your community association better. Find out how.
  • How to Communicate so HOA and Condo Residents Listen

    Are residents in your community always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with?
  • How to Improve Communication in Your Association

    As a homeowner, you can do your part to make communication in your community association better. Find out how.
  • The Do’s & Don’ts of Board Communication

    Does your board know the secrets of effectively communicating with residents?
  • Email Communication Best Practices for Coronavirus Information

    Here are some email communication best practices for your building to use when sending out communications regarding the current pandemic.
  • How A Property Management Company Helps to Rebuild After New York City Hurricanes

    A powerful hurricane can devastate even those communities that have made all of the preparations that it can. When this happens, the road to recovery and rebuilding can feel long. Fortunately, a great property management company can help. With best practices in place and the help of an experienced team, even the most insurmountable damage can be mitigated, repaired and reversed.
  • How to Hold Your Next Board Meeting by Video Conferencing

    It goes without saying that how we communicate has drastically switched from in-person contact to user-friendly digital platforms since the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread.
  • Technology at Home Part 2: Keeping Boards and Residents Safe Online

    As board communications become increasingly reliant on web-based technologies, it’s more important than ever to take proactive steps to safeguard the way you share and save sensitive information.
  • Technology at Home Part One – Choosing the Best Internet Package

    In an effort to help our clients and their families stay safe during these difficult times, FirstService Residential’s in-house technology experts recently assembled a list of best practices and technology tips for working at home, improving password security, identifying potential scams and selecting personalized internet packages.
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