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Resale Certificate Basics for Community Association Boards in West Virginia

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 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 seby inexepem 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.

Four Secrets to Great Communication in Your Association

Posted on Monday February 06, 2017

The foundation of any good relationship is communication. And that also holds true for HOAs and community management companies, regardless of whether we’re talking about a townhome community, high-rise or a master-planned community.

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. 

The Importance of Having a Partner to Manage and Activate Community Amenities

Posted on Tuesday January 24, 2017

Having a swimming pool, a fitness area, or a clubhouse for residents are perks that can make any community stand out. A good management company has people with many years of experience operating and maintaining these types of features, and they can offer many helpful ways for you to get the most for your community. Here are some ways your community can benefit from the experience of a community association management company, and make your job as a board member a little easier.

Four Communication Essentials of Good Community Management Companies

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

The foundation of any good relationship is communication. And that also holds true for HOAs and community management companies, regardless of whether we’re talking about a townhome community, high-rise or a master-planned community.

Four Ways to Make Back-to-School Easier On Everyone

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end more quickly than we’d like – West Virginia schools are most likely back by September 6. As a parent, you know what back to school means. It’s not just a change in schedule for the kids, it’s a change in your whole world too: rushing out the door each morning, racing back home for forgotten permission slips, backpacks and lunches, running carpools for after school activities. Some organization and planning can go a long way toward minimizing back to school insanity – and even make this time of year a bit more fun.

Four Easy Tips to Help Community Members Plan for Summer Vacation

Posted on Wednesday August 03, 2016

Summer is a great time to hit the road! Kids are out of school and the weather is beautiful – it’s the perfect chance to hit the beach, go camping, board a cruise and more. Road trip destinations for those in the Mountain State include the Lost World Caverns, Ocean City, Virginia Beach, Greenbrier, and the Shenandoah Mountains; or perhaps you’d rather fly to somewhere exotic instead!

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.

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. 

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. 

Good Management –The Key to Active Adult Community Success

Posted on Friday June 07, 2013

Today’s active adult communities are growing in popularity in New Jersey and across the country, spurred in great part by the maturing U.S. population. As interest in activity-rich, amenity-driven lifestyles increases for the 55-plus group, existing age-restricted communities are working hard to adapt their facilities and programming in order to compete in the changing marketplace. At the same time, developers and builders are searching for the best strategies to make new ventures stand out from the crowd.

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