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  • Board Member Basics: Learn the Language of Your Association

    Association terms that every board member should know and understand.
  • FAQ: The Impacts of New York City’s Prevailing Wage Law on Condominium & Cooperative Properties

    Beginning July 1, 2022, condominium and cooperative buildings in New York City must begin to pay building workers a prevailing wage or forfeit their eligibility for the Cooperative and Condominium Property Tax Abatement.
  • Texas Supreme Court: Short-Term Rentals in Communities

    Online rental businesses like Airbnb and VRBO have been actively supporting the shared economy and petitioning for standardized regulation of short-term rentals in Texas and across the US. Learn how this trend can impact your community.
  • What Do Association Fees Pay For?

    Knowing where your assessment money goes is essential to being a savvy association or co-op resident. In this article, we break down the main cost categories.
  • Preventative Maintenance Tips for High-Rise Buildings

    FirstService Residential offers tips on spring preventative maintenance for high-rise buildings.
  • The Seven Rules of Successful HOA Budgeting

    Do you dread preparing your HOA’s annual budget as much as you dread stepping outside of your Arizona home on a summer afternoon? You’re not alone. For many HOA boards, it’s their least-favorite task. But look at it this way: You’re making sure that your HOA remains financially stable, and that’s an important job.
  • Six Do’s and Don'ts for HOA Board Meeting Success

    When it comes to your community, everyone brings their own set of opinions and preferences to the table. By implementing these six do's and don'ts, you can make vast improvements to your association board meetings.
  • 2020 HOA Budget Trends: What Has Changed?

    Have HOA budgets changed in 2020? Find out what 7 trends have shaped association budget planning this year.
  • 5 Common HOA Board Blunders to Avoid

    We’ve highlighted four common board blunders and included some practical tips for avoiding them. It’s important to identify these potential blunders early to save yourself and your board time and frustration.
  • Budgeting for Your Future: Nine Steps to Make Your HOA Dollars Count

    Another budget season is here once again, and that means that the boards of homeowners associations are busy planning, analyzing—and grinding their teeth. We know that developing your HOA’s annual budget is not an easy task. However, with the guidance offered in the following nine steps, you’ll be able to get through the process more easily—and without needing to visit your dentist.
  • Can Your HOA Handle a Crisis? 8-Step Emergency Preparedness Plan

    Is your HOA ready for a crisis, or does your emergency plan need improvement? Download a complimentary guide, HOA Emergency Preparedness Guide: 8 Questions to Ask .
  • Financial Health Tips for Your HOA

    Maintaining your HOA’s financial health—just like maintaining your personal health—boils down to moderation and good decision making. Eating one deep-fried blooming onion every once in a while isn’t a problem. Eating three or four several times a week is. Keep your HOA financially fit with these four "health" tips.
  • 5 Surprising Reasons to Raise Your HOA Assessments

    If your main concern is to avoid increasing assessments, you may want to reconsider. As a board member, one of your primary fiduciary responsibilities is to protect property values, and assessments are an investment that helps do just that.
  • Your HOA Board and Coronavirus: 5 Questions to Discuss

    How should your HOA board handle a pandemic like COVID-19? Start by tackling these 5 questions
  • Reserve Funds: HOA Budgeting Tips to Improve Your Returns

    Are you getting the best returns on your reserve funds? Most Arizona board members aren't sure. Find out six ways to improve your association's reserve fund returns, like creating an HOA investment policy.
  • How Do You Manage HOA Reserves During a Crisis?

    It’s vital to prepare for the future and take steps to protect your association reserve funds. Here are 3 ways to manage reserves during a crisis.
  • Seven High-Rise Insurance Tips for Associations and Unit Owners

    Many people who live in cities like Phoenix and Scottsdale appreciate the rewards that come with living in a high-rise building. Some of the unique advantages include great amenities, security and even concierge services. High-rise buildings are also unique when it comes to insurance coverage. Besides the individual policies that unit owners need to have, the building and common areas must be covered as well.
  • 6 Ways Your Board Can Improve HOA Meetings

    Having a diverse group of opinions and perspectives on your HOA board can be a great thing, but it can also lead to challenges because of conflicting personalities. To set you and your association up for success, here are 6 tips to improve board meeting dynamics.
  • 3 Strategies to Keep HOA Assessments Stable and Add Value

    There are often valid reasons to raise assessments, but in some cases, you may want to take a different route. Here are three cost-saving strategies.
  • Does Your Strata Corporation Have A Plan For Fostering A Sense Of Community?

    Humans are social creatures with a deep-seated yearning for connection and community. This is particularly evident in a strata corporation, where a strong sense of community can be the difference between long-standing residency and high turnover.
  • Five Ways to Make Your Strata Council Meetings More Effective

    Undoubtedly, running meetings is one of the most challenging parts of being on your strata’s council. Members sometimes get off track. Disagreements sometimes turn into arguments. Short discussions sometimes become long-winded monologues. Is there anything you can do to make your council meetings more effective?
  • Strata Annual Maintenance Planning Infographic

    A maintenance plan is a great tool for organizing and discussing a Strata Corporation’s property repairs and maintenance.
  • Things to Consider When Creating Your Strata’s Budget

    As a homeowner, you want to live in a place that accentuates your style – from a beautiful sense of arrival or exquisitely decorated building lobby, complete with freshly pruned trees and lush landscaping – but unless your strata council has strategically planned out your strata’s budget, you can forget all of that.
  • The Six Secrets to Building Your Strata’s Volunteer Pool

    As a council member for your strata corporation, you know that your community depends on volunteers to operate successfully. However, finding residents who are willing to be on your council, join a committee or help at an event can be challenging.
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