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  • 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
  • FirstService Residential Keeps Energy Costs on a Tight Leash During Dog Days of Summer

    High summer temperatures bring high electric bills – especially this summer, as heat waves and soaring temperatures continue to blaze across the U.S. and Canada. But FirstService Residential’s innovative FS Energy program is keeping residents cool, curbing electric bills and lowering energy emissions and usage – and it saved $1.5 million in energy costs for NYC residents last summer. Now, the program is rolling out to multifamily buildings in Chicago and Miami.
  • 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.
  • How to Save on Summer Energy Costs

    Summer’s longer days mean more time to enjoy warm weather and sunshine, but they also mean higher energy bills. There is a bright side, however: by implementing an energy management program within your community, you can help keep costs down without sacrificing comfort.
  • 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.
  • Five Ways to Get Ready for a Pool Inspection

    A pool inspection can be a major source of anxiety for board members and residents. Don't throw in the towel; there are steps you can take to make sure your inspection goes...well, swimmingly.
  • Reopening Amenities: Creating New High-Rise and HOA Swimming Pool Rules

    As the weather heats up and stay-at-home orders surrounding COVID-19 are lifted, it's important to remember the social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Selling Your Home? Here Are Some Helpful Tips to Add and Value and Appeal

    Selling your home? Here are a few tips that will help you add appeal and value to your home.
  • 10 Building Amenities that Will Rock the Roofs of Your High Rise Condos

    Making your high-rise more marketable starts at the top: your rooftop! Under-utilized space can be enhanced to offer improved amenities, increasing property values and improving lifestyles of everyone in the building.
  • What to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Home in Florida

    A weekend or vacation getaway may turn out to be a good long-term investment, but it's important to do a little research first. Consider these five factors before you commit.
  • 10 Key Tips on How to Manage a Community Pool

    In Georgia, many communities enjoy their swimming pool amenities. it is important that you make sure your pool is in compliance with state and local regulations and ordinances.
  • Keeping Your Community Safe During Summer Vacation Season

    Georgia is fortunate to have milder winters than much of the United States, but summer is still the most wonderful time of year for a lot of people. Of course, a lot of folks take that opportunity to travel.
  • Keep Your Community Safe and Cool: Summer Water Safety

    Fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and other refreshing water sports are a key part of summertime in Georgia. Georgians have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water throughout the summer months.
  • Reopening Amenities: Creating New High-Rise and HOA Swimming Pool Rules

    As the weather heats up and stay-at-home orders surrounding COVID-19 are lifted, it's important to remember the social distancing guidelines in place.
  • Ten Ways to Take Your Rooftop to the Next Level

    When it comes to upgrading your high-rise amenities, start at the top: your rooftop! That space can be enhanced to offer new opportunities for fun, relaxation and building community, while also enhancing your property values.
  • 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.
  • 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?
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