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    Cyber Security: Four Ways Board Members Can Keep Your Association Safe

    Jan 29, 2017
    Technology has made so many aspects of running any business easier. However, with all of that technology comes some risks. Hackers make careers out of trying to access data for fun and profit. But there are things that you, the board, can do to help keep your community data safe.
  • how to communicate effectively with your hoa

    Getting to Great: Guide For HOA Board Communication

    Jan 25, 2017
    As a board member, one of your responsibilities is making sure that your community members have the information they need, when they need it. Consider these guidelines as a roadmap to great communication that will keep everyone on the same path.
  • discover security tips for your building

    Ten Building Security Tips

    Jan 19, 2017
    We are all concerned about safety. High Rise management companies and Board members, who have a responsibility to protect the common property, must pay particular attention to security at their properties. A secure condominium means a happier and safer community, and that is what is most important to owners and residents.
  • Four Communication Essentials of Good Community Management Companies

    Jan 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.
  • Are You Covered? Seven Guidelines for High-Rise Insurance

    Are You Covered? Seven Guidelines for High-Rise Insurance

    Nov 29, 2016
    With great amenities, good security, and even concierge services, there are many advantages that are specific high-rise living. That’s why it’s becoming ever more popular. There are specific requirements and challenges when it comes to insuring a high-rise as well. High-rises have multiple residences, each with their own policies, plus shared common spaces, which also require coverage.
  • Finding and Partnering with the Best Reserve Study Firm for Your Community

    Finding and Partnering with the Best Reserve Study Firm for Your Community

    Oct 03, 2016
    A community association’s reserve fund helps the board of directors properly anticipate and budget for the future. The reserve fund provides an association the power to maintain necessary and expensive parts of your infrastructure, including roofing and paving projects. Here are seven steps to find and partner with the best reserve study firm for your association.
  • Four Hints to Make Back-to-School Sane for Everyone

    Aug 24, 2016
    The lazy days of summer are coming to an end more quickly than we’d like – some schools in DC start as early as the end of August! Besides being a change in schedule for the kids, it’s also a change in your whole world: rushing out the door, running carpools for after school activities, racing back home for forgotten permission slips, backpacks and lunches. Some organization and planning can go a long way toward minimizing back to school insanity – and make this time of year easier on everyone.
     
    Check out these suggestions from California Closets, the leader in custom home storage solutions and an authority in design, for arranging your household to be more school-friendly, and your first day back will earn an A! 
  • Finding The Right Maintenance Philosophy for Your Community

    Aug 18, 2016
    If you’ve put the hard work it takes into making a sound budget, then you’re familiar with the sense of frustration you feel when a surprise maintenance issue derails it. Even if you don’t get blindsided by a big, unexpected expense, maintenance issues have a way of taking a bite out of your budget. Let’s take a look at the most common approaches to maintenance.
  • Four Tips to Help Community Members Plan for Summer Vacation

    Aug 02, 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 go to beaches, camp, enjoy 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 whether you are planning a road trip to Williamsburg, Ocean City or Virginia Beach… or hopping on a plane for far-away exotic adventures!
     
    If you work with a community association management company, you can reach out to your community association manager for specific vacation preparation tips. 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.
  • Planning for L.E.A.D.S. 2016 is underway

    Aug 02, 2016
    FirstService Residential is proud to announce L.E.A.D.S. 2016 will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This biennial educational, networking event is focused and shaped on the attributes of Learn, Evolve, Achieve, Deliver, and Succeed.