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If Disaster Strikes, Is Your Community Association Covered?

Posted on Wednesday July 05, 2017

Mother Nature has quite the surprises to throw at us! Sometimes, there’s some notice and time to prepare. But often, there’s no warning at all. That’s why it is critical to the financial health of your community association that you have the correct insurance coverage in place. What can happen if your high-rise building or community association common areas aren’t properly covered? Unfortunately, nothing good. That's why it is important to make sure your Association is covered with insurance. 

Emergency Preparedness: What You Need to Know, and How Your Property Management Company Can Help

Posted on Thursday June 29, 2017

Although you can’t predict emergencies, you can prepare for them. The most important thing that both board members and management can do to ready themselves for the unexpected is to create a customized emergency preparedness plan. A quality community association management company will have the experience, resources and knowledge to help you develop a plan that fits your specific situation.

How Should You Enable Board Member Succession?

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017

Thriving business organizations plan for succession. It’s built into their corporate strategy – team members with potential are identified early on, and then groomed for the leadership positions they’ll someday hold. 

Why a Team Transition Is The Best Approach For Your Community

Posted on Wednesday June 21, 2017

How can your association avoid missteps and pitfalls when switching from one community management company to another? A great management company will have a depth of resources for your community, and that includes resources to help with your transition. To make sure that your transition goes well, you need to be able to rely on the skills of professionals in every facet of it. 

Six Essential Tips For New HOA Board Members

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017

Congratulations are in order – you’ve just been elected to the board. So now the big question: What’s next? “The great thing about associations that are helmed by owners is that they have a vested interest in doing right by their community,” said Kirk Kowieski, CMCA, AMS, vice president of FirstService Residential. “But that also comes with challenges...many board members find themselves in this kind of position for the first time, so there’s a little bit of a learning curve.” Fortunately, FirstService Residential is here to help. Follow these new board member basics and you’ll soon be governing like a pro.

Selling a Home in South Carolina? Do You Know Everything You Must Disclose?

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017

For most people, buying a home is the largest investment they make. We all know there’s a lot of paperwork that comes with buying a home, and although it can seem overwhelming, that paperwork is vital for the protection of the buyer, the seller and the community in which the home is located. If you are buying or selling a home in managed community, a resale package is a critical part of that. What is a resale package and why is it important? How do you get one and when do you need it? We sat down with our Director of Resale to get the answers to these and other important questions.

Cyber Security: How Community Residents Can Protect Their Tech

Posted on Monday February 06, 2017

Why should cyber security be so important to community associations? Do you know what important steps residents in your community can take to protect their technology so that sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands? This article provides guidelines on how to prevent cyber attacks and tips on increasing cyber security.

Four Secrets to Great Communication in Your Association

Posted on Monday February 06, 2017

There’s one challenge that plagues all board members, regardless of experience: communication. Part art and part science, communication is the key to building strong relationships and effectively meeting your obligations as a board member for your community association. Here are a few quick tips to ensure communication is flowing in your association.

How to Create a New Revenue Stream from Your Amenities

Posted on Wednesday February 01, 2017

Savvy boards are always keeping an eye out for ways to maximize revenue. If you’re interested in ramping up your revenue streams, take a look around and imagine the possibilities. Read tips on how you can generate cash flow from your existing amenities. 

Cyber Safety: How Board Members Can Help

Posted on Sunday January 29, 2017

Technology has made so many facets of running any business easier. With all of that technology comes some risks. Hackers make careers out of trying to access data for fun and profit. Thankfully, there are things that you, the board, can do to help keep your community data safe.

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