Here you will find some recent articles about FirstService Residential Texas and our impact in this market.
Tips to Manage an Exceptional HOA Event
No matter what the reason, bringing residents and owners together for an event in your Texas community can be a lot of fun. To help make the planning as fun as the function itself, we’ve put together a list of simple tips. Whether you live in a high-rise condo, or a master-planned community, applying these strategies will make your event a memorable occasion for all the right reasons.
Landscaping Maintenance Tips to Add More Green to Community Property Values
It’s often said that you should never judge a book by its cover. However, the front-line curb appeal of a community can make a difference in the value of every property in a neighborhood. This is one reason current and potential homeowners consider landscaping and common-area maintenance so important.
First Impressions Matter: Simple Ways to Improve Your High-Rise Building’s Property Values
Finding ways to stand out among neighboring high-rise properties is probably challenging enough for your condominium association. But now with construction of new high-rise condos on the upswing in cities throughout Texas, it’s especially important to maintain an edge if you want homebuyers to give your building a second look. So what can your condominium association do to attract buyers and maintain property values?
5 Tips to Improve Your Architectural Review Process
The art of community architectural review may not seem like a big deal on the surface, but there is more to it than meets the eye. In fact, one of the main reasons community associations are formed is to protect property values and keep the community maintained, harmonious and beautiful. Ensuring high architectural standards is an important part of that.
Collecting Community Association Dues: the Good, the Bad and the Proactive
As an elected board member, you have certain duties and obligations to the homeowners in your community. One of the most important of these is your commitment to protecting the financial health of the homeowners association (HOA). After all, the entire community depends on you to manage its money and keep its operations running smoothly.
Nine Ways You Can Make Your HOA a Success
Being a volunteer for your homeowners association (HOA) can be very rewarding, but it also has its challenges. For starters, board members do not always agree, residents each have different needs and concerns, and not to mention creating and sticking to a budget isn’t always easy. Here’s what you can do to help your association thrive.
Electric Cars in Your Community: Is it Fad or Future?
If you happen to be driving on any major interstate in Texas, you will likely find more big trucks and SUVs than in any other state. So it may come as a surprise that Texas is one of the nation’s leaders in sales of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). In fact, Texas has registered nearly 16,000 ZEVs over the past five years, making the state 6th in the nation in overall sales.
As the popularity of electric vehicles has increased, so has the response from the US and Texas Energy Commissions. Efforts to build electric vehicle charging station sites throughout the state include a primary focus on the Dallas, Austin/San Antonio area and Houston triangle and other main transportation corridors. These efforts have resulted in 874 public electric vehicle charge points representing the 2nd largest state network in the nation behind California.
Keep Your Annual HOA Meeting On Track
Annual meetings are typically the most attended board meeting of the entire year. Likely it’s because this gathering gives homeowners the best bird’s eye view of community happenings – past, present and future. It’s also a time that the community elects new officers to the board and an opportunity for the association to discuss other not-so-good news, such as dues increases.
Whether your association is faced with presenting positive or potentially controversial announcements, you can probably expect a few homeowners to raise their questions and concerns during this forum, making it difficult to keep your meeting on track. To help, here are a few things you can do to limit distractions or interruptions and keep the meeting rolling full steam ahead.
High-Rise Living Trends: Must-Have Amenities for 2017
Today, high-rise living is attracting a broad range of residents, from millennials to empty nesters, all seeking convenience and luxury in an urban setting. Although they have a common drive to discover this newer metropolitan lifestyle, these very different households have a variety of needs and wants. This means that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for defining what desirable amenities look like. In fact, properties must continuously adapt and update their offerings to stay competitive in their community.
Getting Ahead of the Collections Curve
Collecting homeowners association (HOA) dues in a timely manner is a hot button for most communities. But it doesn’t have to be something you fear each year. Although there is no clear way to eliminate delinquencies altogether, we believe there are some simple steps you can take to minimize the impact on your association and get ahead of the collections curve.
Hosting an Annual Meeting That Homeowners Will Want to Attend
The number one reason associations fail to meet quorum is the lack of participation by their homeowners. Knowing this, we’ve put together a list of practical ideas to help increase homeowner participation and alleviate the worry about whether or not you will have enough attendance to hold your meeting.
Three Ways to Establish a Great Community
How would you describe what a great community looks like? Would you paint a picture of happy homeowners, smiling faces, exceptional amenities and a well-kept property with excellent curb appeal? Great community living may look easy to establish, but a lot of work goes into maintaining each aspect of that perfect community. Let’s take a look at three key elements that make a community great.
Tips to Winterize Your Home and Stay Warm This Season
Winter has officially arrived in Texas. While it’s ideal to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures in the Fall, it’s not too late to tackle those projects today. Proper preparation will keep those cold drafts away and your heating bill down.
Prioritizing and Managing Your HOA’s Maintenance and Improvement Needs
Handling day-to-day maintenance and making necessary improvements are critical responsibilities for any homeowners association (HOA). And when your serve on your association’s board of directors, they can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t have a good system in place to manage them. So how do you make sure that your maintenance staff is able to handle that long list of tasks that need to get done so that your community runs smoothly and retains its appeal?
Short-term Rentals Could Have Long-term Effects on Your High-Rise Community
The fact is, money matters—and frugally stretching every dollar has become a popular trend. So it should come as no surprise that condo owners are now leveraging their homes as short-term rentals to make a little extra money. However resourceful this may be, renting out your home on a short-term basis has the potential to negatively impact property values, the quality of life for residents in your building and the overall morale of your community. Let’s talk about proactive, practical solutions to combat this rising trend before it becomes a real problem.
Holiday Party Planning. All the Sparkle Without the Stress.
You want to celebrate the season with family and friends, but with the holiday merely weeks away, landing a role opposite of George Clooney sounds easier than planning a holiday bash. Does it not? Well fear not! These primo party planning tips will have you singing carols over eggnog in next to no time (and for little money), all compliments of our professional party planner.
Choosing an Association Management Company: Is Local or National Better?
When it comes to selecting a new homeowners association (HOA) management company, it can be hard to know where to begin. Some say smaller, local management companies can be more closely involved with the community, have strong area vendor connections and can more easily navigate important local ordinances and assessments. On the flip side, nationally-based management companies may provide a depth of resources, training and technology services that many local competitors will be challenged to match.
Here are a few considerations that may help you decide what type of HOA or condominium association (COA) management company is right for your community...
Five Strategies for Establishing Policies That Create Good Neighbors, Not Enemies
We’ve all seen what can happen when rules go too far, are not enforced or are enforced inconsistently. In a homeowners association (HOA), these types of issues can even pit neighbor against neighbor. So what can your board of directors do to make sure that your policies are fair and support your goals of establishing order and building a strong and attractive community? Follow these five recommendations to ensure your policies serve the needs of your HOA without being the source of neighborhood riffs.
Keeping Holiday Decorating from Going Hog Wild: Four Guidelines for Setting HOA Policies
How can you establish—and enforce—decorating policies without putting a damper on your community’s festive spirit? Here are four tips for letting residents express their holiday creativity while keeping them from going “hog wild.”
The Ups and Downs of Community Rental Policies: What Every Association Should Know
Rental restrictions, like many other association policies, have their ups and downs and can be a hot topic of conversation for homeowners association (HOA) boards. While governing documents sometimes address this issue, more often the intricacies of individual communities and the specific character of residents can make this a more subjective matter. If your community is considering implementing or updating its community rental policy, here are a few things you should consider.