Merit Property Management to Host Complimentary “Keeping Your Community Relevant and Property Values Stable” Symposium on April 18 at the Westin South Coast Plaza

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Expert panelists will discuss how associations can stay competitive in today’s new market

“We are seeing optimistic trends for the Southern California market in 2012,” says symposium moderator Andrew Schlegel, Merit Executive Vice President of Community Management, Central Region.

With new communities soon to hit the market in Southern California, Merit, a http://www.fsresidential.com/ [FirstService Residential Management __title__ FirstService Residential Management]company, will host a symposium addressing how any age or size of community can plan for the future, budget for upgrades, and learn the latest buying trends that influence property values. Expert panelists will discuss how associations can stay competitive, no matter the size, type, or age of the community. The complimentary reception and panel presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Featured panelists include Paul Johnson, Senior Vice President, Community Development Rancho Mission Viejo, who will share ideas from the upcoming Ranch Plan to be located in South Orange County; Cameron Merage, President/CEO, First Team Real Estate, on the latest buying trends, what can make or break property values; Bob Cardoza, CCAM, CEO Merit, on how a property management company can make a significant difference; and, Derek J. McGregor, P.E., P.L.S., SAMLARC Board Director, who brings experience as a board member charged with implementing a lasting community vision.

“We are seeing optimistic trends for the Southern California market in 2012,” says symposium moderator Andrew Schlegel, Merit Executive Vice President of Community Management, Central Region. “Prices seemed to have reached a bottom and now we need job and wage growth to stimulate appreciation.”

“With more confidence brewing, people want to enhance their associations, buyers and sellers are testing the waters, and, overall, homeowners are acknowledging the value of a stable community. This panel will exchange new ideas for re-vitalizing our thinking after such a long economic lull.”

To register for the symposium, RSVP to 877.781.7787 or visit the homepage of http://www.meritpm.com. For additional information, contact marketingpr(at)meritpm(dot)com.

About Merit
Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States. Merit specializes in the forward planning and management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult, and urban high- and mid-rise communities as well as rental property management for investors (http://www.meritrental.com). Merit was voted as one of the “Best Companies to Work” for in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as recognized by the OC Business Journal.

Merit is a subsidiary of FirstService Residential Management (FSR). FSR is the largest manager of residential communities in North America, overseeing more than 5,600 properties and over 1.3 million residential units.

FSR is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV, TSX: FSV), a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, providing a variety of services in commercial real estate, residential property management and property services. More information about FirstService is available at http://www.firstservice.com.

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