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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.
  • Financial Statements 101 – the What, Why and How

    Your board took the time to create a solid budget your association can stick to. Now how do you regularly measure your success at doing so? Regularly generated financial statements are the best tool for keeping an eye on the fiscal fitness of your association.
  • Part 2: Electric Cars and Installing Charging Stations in Your Community

    Is installing EV charging stations the right choice for your community? If your association is considering it, consider this – you’ll not only satisfy the needs of current and future EV owners, but you’ll also enhance your property’s “green” image, which can increase property value and attract future residents. So how should your Board proceed? Start by talking to other community Board members and local community leaders to see if this issue is being addressed locally. Do your research, including consulting with a good property management company. If your community is professionally managed, your property management team can provide you with information and guide you through the process.
  • Ask a Board Member: Roles & Responsibilities

    Our board members answer questions about thier roles & responsibilities as leaders of Texas community associations.
  • 4 HOA Strategies to Cut Costs and Maintain Assessments

    There are valid reasons to raise assessments, but in some cases, you may be able to go a different route. Here are four strategies to save your HOA money and keep assessments stable.
  • The Importance of Homeowners Insurance

    Up to 60 percent of strata home owners in the Greater Vancouver Regional District lack insurance. A good policy will protect your biggest asset and help you keep your head above water.
  • 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.
  • Avoiding Community Conflict: Best HOA Practices for Dispute Resolution

    How do you prevent conflict, avoid costly litigation and maintain a great resident experience in your community? Start by adopting these best practices for dispute resolution.
  • Is HOA Alignment a Unicorn? 3 Boards Share What It Takes

    How do you tackle alignment as a group of diverse individuals with unique values? Find out what real board members from successful HOAs are doing differently.
  • Five Tactics to Transform from HOA Board Member to Community Leader

    What steps do you need to take to go from volunteer to community leader? Start with these five tactics, which can make a big impact on how you fulfill your duties and affect how residents and other board members perceive you.
  • Helping Your HOA Board Stay Productive and Successful

    There are 4 key areas to focus on if you want to ensure that your HOA Board of Directors is productive and successful. This article offers a review of each one.
  • Beyond HOA Board Orientation: Five Subjects to Master

    Better resident experiences, improved reputation and even enhanced property values are possible through continued learning. Knowledge is power, and that’s especially the case when it comes to being a successful association board member. Learn how your continued education can pay dividends for your association.
  • HOA Reserve Funds: 6 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.
  • Limiting HOA Liability and Confronting Conflict

    As an HOA member, you’re often confronted with a variety of legal issues and gray areas concerning residents. The issues you face will vary, but they often boil down to disagreements between a homeowner and your association, or a dispute against another resident. To help you face the potential for legal issues going forward, we’ve compiled some best practices for dealing with conflict resolution.
  • Maintenance, Capital Improvements, Useful Life: Is Your HOA Prepared?

    Not sure which components you should fix and which you should replace entirely? You're not alone. Get the answers to some of your top questions about maintenance, capital improvements, and useful life.
  • Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 1: The Role of Residents

    Ignorance is not bliss, especially when it means potentially leaving your homeowners association (HOA) at risk of a cyber attack. And that’s exactly what you’re doing if you don’t recognize that your HOA is as much of a target as any other small business.
  • Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 2: The Role of Your Board

    The board of directors for your homeowners association (HOA) probably feels it has a lot more pressing issues than cyber security. So it’s understandable that you may not be as focused on keeping up with safety measures to protect your HOA’s sensitive data. However, with cyber attacks becoming more and more prevalent, the financial and personal information that your association maintains is at greater risk.
  • Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 3: Your 4 Steps to Cyber Security

    Digital technology has taken over our lives, making everyday tasks easy and convenient. You can use your mobile phone or device to pay rent, order pizza, book a dentist appointment or store photos and documents in “the cloud” without blinking an eye. Arizona community associations are also benefiting from the latest digital technologies.
  • Reserve Funds, Assessment or Loan: 3 Ways to Pay for Capital Improvements

    Great capital improvements lead to better property values. Read on to see the three ways to pay for them and the pros and cons for each.
  • 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.
  • The Facts about Synthetic Turf

    Considering synthetic turf for your community common areas? Understanding the facts on what it's made of, benefits and disadvantages, and how it will affect children or pets will make all the difference when determining if synthetic turf is the right choice for your community!
  • The Language of HOAs: Terms You Should Know

    Now that you’re on the board of your homeowner or condominium association, it’s time to jump right in and start making a difference for your community. But before you begin, it’s important to get clarity on a few important terms all Arizona board members should know.
  • The Strategic Community Plan - A Road Map for the Future

    Is your community interested in introducing a Strategic Community Plan? Read more to learn about the benefits of having a Strategic Community Plan in place and how to introduce them into your association.
  • 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.
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