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Seven Steps to Finding the Right Reserve Study Firm

Posted on Monday October 03, 2016

Your association’s reserve fund helps your board anticipate its future – and budget for it, too. This fund gives you the power to maintain the quality and curb appeal of your community by funding projects that are both necessary and expensive, such as roofing, paving and remodeling or updating common areas. 
 
Although establishing and managing this fund can get a little complex, you don’t need a crystal ball to see the future of your association...you just need the right reserve study firm to help. Follow the tips below to help your association find the right firm.

Seven Steps To Preparing a Sound Budget

Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

Working on the annual budget for your association can be a source of tension or stress, but it also provides the best opportunity to protect the financial health of both your association and your homeowners. Proper community association management relies on this financial tool for both short-term and long-term planning, so it’s important to follow some guidelines and best practices.

Simple Tips to Keep Everyone Sane and Happy During Back to School

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

The lazy days of August are slipping by far too quickly; school will start in South Carolina by the end of the month! As a parent, you know what back to school is all about. The most obvious: it’s a change in schedule for the kids. It also requires adjustments in your entire world: getting everyone out the door in the morning, speeding through homework and last-minute projects, running back home for left-behind gym clothes, permission slips and backpacks. The good news is that back to school doesn’t have to mean back to insanity. A little planning and organization can help immensely with lowering back to school stress – and even make this time of year a little more fun for everyone.

Simple Tips to Help Community Members Plan for Vacation Travel

Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

Summer is the time to hit the road! With school out and beautiful weather, it’s a great opportunity to go to beaches, camp, board a cruise and more. There are tons of options to choose from and lots of details to plan for a great summer vacation for everyone. Even if you live in a resort community in Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach, you may still want to get away for a vacation; maybe a road trip to historic Charleston or up to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Whether you live in a high-rise, condo or master-planned community, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for an extended time away. No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun. 
 

Is Your South Carolina Property Management Company Your Partner During Hurricane Season?

Posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016

As a board member of a South Carolina condominium, you understand how the coastal Myrtle Beach area can be impacted by large storms.  Complete tropical storm/hurricane preparedness goes beyond your typical checklists related to securing physical structures before a storm’s landfall. A truly thorough plan will take into account all aspects of your property – structural, financial, digital, and more. To help you and your property achieve the best community management service before, during and even after hurricane season, here are some helpful tips.

Ways to Encourage Volunteerism in Your Community

Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

Regardless of the size of your community, or where it's located, there is always one thing that every community association board and committee needs: resident volunteers. Unfortunately, volunteers are often a scarce resource.

While we can't create more free time for our members, there are some ways to inspire them to volunteer and make the most of their time.

Michael Mendillo, Regional President of FirstService Residential, Mid-Atlantic, Inspires William Patterson University Students

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic region, returned to William Patterson University, his alma mater, to inspire students with real-life lessons about leadership and success.  

Your Checklist for Ensuring the BEST Management Services

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2014

Your relationship with your property management company is exactly that: a relationship. And as with any relationship, it’s a good idea to take stock every once in awhile to make sure it’s as healthy as possible.

FirstService Residential Executive Discusses Offbeat Second Home Investment Locations and Trends

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2013

While exclusive communities like the Hamptons or Malibu will always be attractive locations for affluent vacation home buyers, several new trends are emerging in the growing second home market. 

Sharing Knowledge: Educational Sessions Continue Successful Legacy (1)

Posted on Wednesday June 26, 2013

Exceptional customer service doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work, challenging the status quo and continually seeking new and better ways to serve clients and deliver true value. This requires motivated Associates driven to learn – and share.
 

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