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A Co-Op Board President Speaks About Working With All Area Realty Services

Posted by All Area Realty Services Team on Oct 24, 2018 3:36:51 PM

I look back on my years as a president of my co-op board, before working with All Area Realty Services, with less than fond memories. Before hiring All Area as our property management firm, my job as a board president was a difficult and thankless job. All Area brought my board and I a sense of relief, and here are the 5 biggest ways they helped.

All Area Realty Services Helped Us Enter The Digital Age

All Area made my job easier by turning my board from a paperwork swamped office to a paperless uncluttered, efficient office. They took control of this transition alleviating me of stress or worry. By making us paperless All Area made it possible for shareholders and buyers to receive forms by email or from a website, fill them out on their computer, save a copy, and email the whole thin to All Area. Once All Area received all the paperwork they would forward the forms to each board member. This is not only great for the environment, but it also helped my board and I avoid major headaches that we once had to manage. 

They Helped Us Keep Our House Rules Updated

All Area helped not only the building staff stay on top of the house rules, but also reminded us when it was time to perhaps take an updated look at the rules. For example, one of our house rules was about how to properly dispose of household chemicals that we no longer used, and All Area helped by bringing this unnecessary rule to our eyes. It showed me that they take enforcing the rules seriously, and review our rules efficiently. They also helped guide us through updating the language used in our rules. They helped us simplify each rule so its intent was made obvious. 

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All Area Realty Services Opened Up Lines Of Communication

In my years of experience as a president of a board, I have realized that to many of the shareholders the inner workings of the board are a big mystery. This can make the board's decisions seem arbitrary. Understanding that we cannot open up the meeting to everyone, All Area helped make things more transparent for better communication. All Area did this by creating a newsletter that was created quarterly that included pressing neighborhood issues and a summary of the board meetings. Our shareholder’s really appreciated this new open communication. 

All Area Realty Services  Helped Us Take Advantage Of The Internet

All Area created a password-protected page dedicated to our building. This opened a venue for ongoing discussions of building issues and complaints.  

By Being An Amazing Property Management Company

The unfortunate truth I have discovered as a board president is that not all property managers are good at their jobs. Some have difficulty managing building staff, they communicate poorly with residents, or they don't know their jobs as well as they should. 

When we hired All Area, they were a breath of fresh air in the search for professional property management. Not only did they help with the four points above, but they also properly carried out the decisions we made as a board. They were kind and communicated our decisions in a professional manner to our building. 

If you are a part of a board, exasperated and overwhelmed by the search for the proper management. Don’t feel you have no other choice but to stick with bad management and overwork yourselves. There is another choice and that is All Area Realty Services. 

All Area is New York City’s leading real estate management company specializing in full-service professional property management for cooperative and condominium boards in the Manhattan area.  

Topics: Co-Op Building, Condo Board Association, Co-Op Board