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Is your Community having a Holiday Party? Five holiday party ideas

Is your Community having a Holiday Party? Five holiday party ideas

  • Posted: Dec 15, 2017
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Holiday Parties Sure To Please Your Residents

Brought to you by State of Florida Property Management Association  –  http://www.SFPMA.com

The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to bring your neighbors together to celebrate the season. When you have community amenities such as a clubhouse, there’s no need for a neighbor to go through the hassle of hosting your HOA holiday party at his or her home.

Want to throw a holiday party that will bring residents of your community together for a fun-filled evening? Here are five holiday party ideas that are sure to please your residents:

  1. Tacky Sweater Party

While so cliché these days, hosting a tacky sweater party is a great way for residents to break the ice and start mingling with each other. The ugly holiday sweater that was once popular in the 80s is making a big come back, and residents can easily find this festive attire online or come up with their own creations. Encourage residents to channel their inner-tackiness by offering prizes for the ugliest sweaters. If hosting the party at your neighborhood clubhouse, you can spruce up your community amenities for the event with bright-colored lights, oversized holiday inflatables, and tinsel-filled trees.
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Register Today! – CONDO & HOA EXPOS get information on booth availability, show sponsorship or speaking opportunities

Register Today! – CONDO & HOA EXPOS get information on booth availability, show sponsorship or speaking opportunities

  • Posted: Dec 04, 2017
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Register Today! – information on booth availability, show sponsorship or speaking opportunities

This coming spring, L&L Exhibition Management has four events that give you the opportunity to meet and have face time with Property Managers and Board Members in South Florida.

If you would like more information on booth availability, show sponsorship or speaking opportunities, please call me at (800)-374-6463 or reply to this email.
 
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Entering the Gate at The Broward County Condo & HOA Expo, Ready to meet Leading Companies working in Florida’s Property Management Industry.

Entering the Gate at The Broward County Condo & HOA Expo, Ready to meet Leading Companies working in Florida’s Property Management Industry.

  • Posted: Apr 26, 2017
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The Broward County Condo & HOA Expo
Special thanks goes out to L&L Exhibition Management, Nick Vetter and his Team for putting on this event.

I stopped in to meet with many of our SFPMA (South Florida Property Management Association) Members. Starting with Multi-Housing Team Bob and Sergio with Aaxon Laundry Systems, Rodger Kopp III of Commercial Laundries, Rudy Silva and James Friedman with Sherwin-Williams, Introducing myself to Buster Cash with Coast to Coast General Contractors, Proper Introductions to Steven J Weil Owner of RMS Accounting and Royal Management Services, Getting to meet more team members Ana Echeverri and Pedro Diez with The Falcon Group and SFPMA Legal Experts for Community Associations Kaye,Bender,Rembaum Attorneys At Law where Michael Bender Pompano Beach Office was giving a “Seminar on Legal and Legislative Changes and how it affects your Communities”. Among other attorneys present was my pleasure to finally meet Lisa Magill Esq. who brings her Expertise in Community Association Laws to one of Florida’s Leading Law Firm.

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The Falcon Group Acquires Maxim Management Group

The Falcon Group Acquires Maxim Management Group

  • Posted: Aug 04, 2016
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MIAMI–In July 2016, The Falcon Group completed its acquisition of Maxim Management Group, an industry-leading project management and owner’s representation firm in Miami, Florida. The recent acquisition advances The Falcon Group’s mission of providing full-service engineering, architectural and project management solutions to the multi-family residential, commercial and hospitality market sectors.

 

News The Falcon GroupAs part of said acquisition, Max Sadik joins The Falcon Group as a Restoration Specialist. He is an experienced business operator and certified general contractor in the State of Florida. “I am excited to bring my sales and management experience to The Falcon Group,” says Sadik. “And believe there is going to be great synergy between myself, the team and our clients moving forward.”

 

The combination of the two companies will increase the value The Falcon Group delivers to its client base. “We are very excited about our recent business venture, said Principal William Pyznar. “Adding the local project management and general contracting background to our already strong restoration engineering and management team will bring a deeper level of insight and service to our clients in Southeast Florida. We look forward to providing a focus on clear, constant, transparent project communication and value engineering to exceed the expectations of our clients, with long-term durability in mind.” 

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Decide what your minimum qualifications will be, and stick to them.

Decide what your minimum qualifications will be, and stick to them.

Screening Tenants:  Find a Tenant Screening Service 1. Let applicants know that tenant screening is mandatory. Just hearing the words “screening process” will make some potentially bad renters self-filter and save you time. 2. Use your tenant screening process consistently. A systematic and comprehensive screening process that you apply objectively to every applicant will protect you if someone claims you violated the Fair Housing Act. It will also help you to screen out bad renters. 3. Decide what your minimum qualifications will be, and stick to them. Will you have income requirements so you have some assurance that your tenants can make their rental payments? Will you accept tenants with criminal records? What if they haven’t had any arrests for more than ten years and a steady job? Think about these issues, make a decision, and apply them consistently. 4. Run a credit check. Credit checks are critical. You can find out applicants’ debt-to-income ratios and whether they pay their bills on time. Learn how to read a credit report. And never accept a credit report that a potential renter brings to you; get them directly from a credit reporting company. View our Directory to find Tenant Screening Companies 5. Check references. Always call present and past landlords. A present landlord may give a good reference to get rid of a bad tenant; a past landlord may be more forthcoming. Ask about evictions, complaints from other tenants, pets, major maintenance issues, if rent was paid on time, and if the landlord would rent to the tenant again. Also consider getting and checking employment and personal references.  …

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When people think of solar power, they tend to think of panels on rooftops.

When people think of solar power, they tend to think of panels on rooftops.

  • Posted: May 14, 2016
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When people think of solar power, they tend to think of panels on rooftops. That kind of small-scale, distributed solar power is the most visible gets the most press, and, from the consumer perspective has the most sex appeal But the humble workhorse of solar power is the utility-scale solar power plant, usually defined as a solar array larger than 5 megawatts. Solar power plants can consist in either photovoltaic (PV) panels or mirrors that focus sunlight on a fluid that boils and turns a turbine (“concentrating solar power,” or CSP). In practice, most new solar plants these days use PV, which has gotten so cheap so fast that it’s out competed CSP and every other solar segment, at least for now. In 2007, there were zero utility-scale solar power plants in the US. Today there are hundreds, ranging from the 579 MW Solar Star project (the world’s largest solar farm) in California down to dozens upon dozens of 10, 20, and 50 MW projects in communities across the country. (SEIA counts 2,100 solar PV projects over 1 MW.) Big solar power plants still provide a measly 0.6 percent of overall US electricity. But they are headed up a steep growth curve. Residential rooftop solar is the fastest growing solar segment, but utility-scale solar is bigger. There’s more installed, so even with its slower growth rate it adds more capacity each year — in 2015, it accounted for 57 percent of all new installed solar capacity. (“Non-residential” in this graph refers to rooftop solar on commercial buildings — parking garages, big-box stores, etc.) What’s more, there’s a ton of utility solar in the pipeline. According to the Energy Information Administration, 9.5 GW of utility solar is scheduled for installation in 2016 — more than from any other single energy source, including natural gas. That would make 2016 a banner year, with utility solar accounting for more than three-quarters of installed solar capacity, installing more in a year than in the past three combined. That’s serious growth. A new report from GTM Research is also optimistic about utility-scale solar passing something of a milestone in 2016. For years, the growth of big solar was driven by state-level renewable energy mandates; utilities had to build these plants. This coming year, GTM expects more than half the growth in big solar to come outside those mandates…

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The benefits of replacing existing lighting with LEDs.

The benefits of replacing existing lighting with LEDs.

  • Posted: Mar 11, 2016
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As recently as 2007, the LED lighting market was valued at just $340 million, however that number is expected to grow to $7.3 billion by 2014. “The adoption of LED is happening on two fronts. Manufacturers have seen the trend for more energy efficient lighting and are committing significant resources in research, design and manufacturing.Fluorescent lighting is already be phased out around the world and the United States, Canada, Malaysia and South Korea are set to phase out fluorescent lighting in 2014. This phase out means there is tremendous growth potential for the LED industry”, explains, Michael Smith, president of Brite LED Solutions. LED lighting is not new, or cutting-edge technology, it’s been around for years, however it’s now becoming more popular as energy cost of risen and the prices for LED’s have dropped and every business is looking to reduce overhead cost, especially because of the shrinking economy over the last 5 years. LED makes a powerful case since the ROI (return on investment) is usually within 2 years, and in facility which operates 24/7 the payback can be less than 1 year. The enormous potential for electricity conservation through LEDs will further help drive revenues in the industry. When savings average between 50 and 80 percent of energy costs compared to conventional lighting our LED products are a sound investment for any business. Our company has a strong background in LED lighting and realize that our customers expect a high level of service which is always something we continually strive to do and improve on. Brite LED sells to the wholesale market, electrical contractors and works with property management companies. We also export our LED products internationally, especially the Caribbean and Latin America. Look at some of our new products: Featured in the March Edition of Florida Rising Magazine http://www.briteledlighting.com/ Please visit our office and showroom at 230 West 29th Street Miami, Florida 33012 786-563-3160  …

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Floridian Partners LLC- Government Relations & Public Affairs

Floridian Partners LLC- Government Relations & Public Affairs

  • Posted: Feb 29, 2016
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Connected. Experienced. Successful.   We maximize our experience and strengths with a proven successful bipartisan philosophy. We work collaboratively across with key stakeholders and influencers bring solutions to our clients’ issues. Our high ethical standards root the Floridian Partners’ team. We have a team-oriented culture that places the client’s needs first. At Floridian Partners, we operate as a team, so when a client hires us in one region of Florida; they have all the resources of our entire group rather than that of a single individual. Another benefit of our team approach is our ability to bring together highly qualified and experienced professionals who work tirelessly for our clients. Our collegial approach assures our clients the depth and breadth of the Floridian Partners experienced team and helps us produce significant results. At Floridian Partners, we draw upon our experience and relationships to develop and implement targeted and effective strategies on behalf of our clients.   “navigate the process + access decision makers + influence outcomes” Every day in Florida elected officials and government employees are debating issues that could profoundly impact the way you do business. Every legislative session, county commission or city council meeting is an opportunity for elected officials to change existing laws and regulations or make new ones. We have spent decades building and nourishing relationships on both sides of the aisle, and our partners and associates have experience at high levels in government and politics. As a result, our firm has a broad scope of subject matter expertise and the relationship reach to access decision makers at every level. We use those relationships and our political know-how to produce successful outcomes. We understand that our success is measured by your success, and we don’t rest until the job is done.   “storytelling + visual presentation + break through the noise + target your audience” We work to craft a message, test it, perfect it and then deliver it in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Our communications approach is always personalized and tailored to fit the specific needs of our clients. We utilize tactics that best fit your resources, and whether it be a well-authored speech, a digital media campaign, newspaper editorials, television ads, an impactful interview, or a combination thereof, we drive the conversation and narrative for you and your issue. Ft. Lauderdale Office 1512 E. Broward Blvd Ste 101 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Phone (954) 779-2734 Miami Office 235 Catalonia Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone (305) 461-4260 Tallahassee Office 108 South Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone (850) 681-0024…

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

  • Posted: Feb 21, 2016
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS You can always find Trusted Companies that work with the Management Industry on SFPMA.com View our Members Directory – FIND-A-SERVICE Is the RFP process effective? A year after I select the service, will I be better off than I was before? Will I have the partnership I envisioned during the RFP process? A case in point – many companies are looking to Managed Services companies to outsource part or all of their operational functions. In order to do this effectively, there needs to be real clarity from the leaders of the organization about what they want and what model fits their company best. The most successful relationships are when there is a true partnership between Properties and their Services Providers, but how do you find this out during the RFP process? When the rubber hits the road, will the vendor meet the contractual requirements? Most of these relationships fail between the lines of the contract. For example, the vendor is hitting SLAs, but your costs are growing at an alarming rate because of change orders. You thought there was pricing clarity but there were wild cards in the contracts. Who is the active executive sponsor and, along with them, who is the partner managing my account who is up to date on what is happening? Why is this important? There will be issues which are gray areas in the contract and may be open to interpretation. Having a vendor who is truly customer oriented and an executive from the company who will work with the customer to ensure their satisfaction is critical. Most vendors have a day-to-day management system set up, but is the person managing the account a true Operations person who can answer most technical questions? Or is he or she actually a salesperson who, once the deal is sold, isn’t current and doesn’t know the answers to technical issues which may arise? There are other areas which are important, depending on whether the client makes a pure cost based selection or a value added selection. A company motivated to drive ticket volumes down, automate, perform detailed analytics, and make recommendations is more value oriented. During an RFP process, how do you determine which vendor is transformational as opposed to a pure cost savings model? Some RFPs we see cover parts of it, but critical areas are missing which don’t give the organization a clear picture of different value propositions. It is difficult to walk through an RFP and show transformational behavior with the trends we have seen….

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LEGISLATURE: Less is Not Always Best Significant Changes to the Commercial Condominium Regime

LEGISLATURE: Less is Not Always Best Significant Changes to the Commercial Condominium Regime

  • Posted: Feb 21, 2016
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LEGISLATURE: Less is Not Always Best Significant Changes to the Commercial Condominium Regime Recently, several new laws went into effect that only affect commercial condominiums. While only a few of these changes make sense, most do not and illustrate the significant misunderstanding of the need to protect all condominium unit owners without regard to whether the condominium is residential or commercial. Remember, before you get too excited, this article only addresses changes to COMMERCIAL, and NOT residential condominium associations. Why our Florida legislators have determined that unit owners of commercial condominiums are not entitled to the same protections as owners of residential condominiums shall forever remain a mystery. If you own a unit in a commercial condominium, you need to be aware of these important changes. There is no longer any protection for an owner of a minority of units in a commercial condominium, WHATSOEVER! In other words, there is no equality – whoever owns the most units or the most square footage is “King of the Condo”, FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER!!!…

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