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The Ultimate Tool for Your Condo Development

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

The Ultimate Tool for Your Condo Development

I’m often asked why a condo development needs a professional property manager. After all, isn’t the role merely to call a plumber when a pipe bursts? If only it were that simple! The truth is there’s a lot more to managing a condo development effectively than you may realize. A professional property manager is much like a Swiss Army Knife, comprising a variety of useful tools and skills in one package! It’s much more than standard property management; it’s also about governance, accounting, communication, mediation, forward planning...

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The Laws of the Game: Avoiding Your Condo’s Red Card

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

The Laws of the Game: Avoiding Your Condo’s Red Card

World Cup fever is underway from the color and drama of the opening ceremony, the roar of the fanatical fans and the much hoped for sweet taste of victory for your favorite team! As a fan, one of the greatest frustrations is a game where a player exhibits poor sportsmanship or simply breaks FIFA’s ‘Laws of the Game’. Play is halted, spectators protest and the matter corrected (hopefully fairly!) so that play can resume. Every player must adhere to the rules to enhance enjoyment for the supporters and success for the team. Condominium...

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Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Property Management | 0 comments

Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips

Two weeks into Spring and I’m already thinking about Summer.  The professional property manager always plans ahead!  Check out ‘Masterkey’s Spring into Summer Tips’ to prepare your property for the season ahead!       Service your air-conditioning system before the first hot day comes around. Apply a ‘weed-and-feed’ to your lawn to combat those weeds and prep your lawn for the heavy growth season of summer Clean winter grime from your windows with a water/vinegar/rubbing...

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Unlock your property’s potential in 2014

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Unlock your property’s potential in 2014

Masterkey’s Ten New Year’s Resolutions for the Property Owner and Condo Board           PLAN Set aside a reserve fund for unexpected repairs or apartment vacancies Plan your 2014 projects in advance to ensure sufficient funding.  If possible, schedule your project for earlier in the year when contractors are typically less busy Review your current vendor contracts and see if there are improvements to be made in price or service UPGRADE Add alternative energy sources Update toilets, faucets and showers to...

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Family-Friendly Facelift

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Family-Friendly Facelift

Unlike the living rooms of the past, modern day living rooms are meant to be, well, lived in.  This often poses a challenge for modern families who desire form, function and fabulous all in one package. I recently faced a similar challenge when my micro-suede living room suite had finally succumbed to the abuse it had endured from endless movie nights, birthday parties, gaming all-nighters and other atrocities typical of a family of four with a dog and cat!  Structurally in good condition, I decided to have a new slip-cover made and complete...

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The High Price of Ignoring Home Repairs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

The High Price of Ignoring Home Repairs

Home maintenance seems expensive – unless you’ve considered the astronomical costs involved with ignoring it. HomeInsurance.com and Redbeacon (a subsidiary of Home Depot) have teamed up to deliver this infographic, which examines some common home maintenance projects and the shocking costs that can result when they go neglected. Whilst the dollar figures are based on US costs, you still might just think twice before underestimating that leaky sink or faulty electrical outlet. Courtesy of: HomeInsurance.com and...

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How To Baby-Proof Your Home

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

How To Baby-Proof Your Home

We think of our home as safe and secure – but if you have a toddler, you need to take a fresh look. As soon as they can crawl, toddlers want to explore every nook and cranny. They want to push and pull anything they can get hold of. And their preferred method of finding out how things work is to bite, suck or chew them. That means your house is chock full of threats and dangers, which is why we thought we would share this infographic from MoneySupermarket.com. They even have advice regarding the revision of your insurance contract. In...

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Strategic Moves

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Strategic Moves

Are you moving? When? Tomorrow?!!! We regret to inform you that you need a plan. Otherwise you may end up scrambling at the end. Click here to learn how to organize a house moving – it’s a matter of strategy. (courtesy of property24.com)  

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Keep Calm and Hire Masterkey

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

Keep Calm and Hire Masterkey

Work, reading to your children, caring for elderly parents, party planning, cooking your famous chili, waiting for the plumber, dining with friends, working out, studying, cheering on your sports team, taxiing kids to their activities, finding a new tenant, fundraising, laundry, vetting quotes for your condo development, planning vacations, paying bills, volunteering, walking the dog, writing reports, grocery shopping…..and the list goes on! Your life is hectic.  Your daily to-do list is overflowing with demands and you can barely manage! ...

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At Your Service…

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Property Management | 0 comments

At Your Service…

Some residents think condominium associations exist just to tell them what to do – or not do! Actually, the association is more like your very own bespoke service-delivery organization that provides three types of services to all residents (owners and renters alike).   Community services can include securing trash collection, publishing newsletters, orienting new owners, holding community-wide information meetings, and scheduling recreational and social functions.   Governance services can include ensuring that residents are...

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