Merit Selected to Provide Property Management Services for Rancho Mission Viejo, Orange County’s Newest Master-Planned Mixed-Use Development

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Merit will provide comprehensive HOA property management services for the master association of Rancho Mission Viejo.

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“We explored all of our options and after a thorough selection process it was evident to us that Merit was the obvious choice,” stated Paul Johnson, Senior Vice President, Community Development Rancho Mission Viejo.

Merit Property Management, a FirstService Residential Management company, has been selected by the Rancho Mission Viejo company to provide property management services for its newest community development called Rancho Mission Viejo that will include more than 14,000 homes, a gated active adult neighborhood, a sports field, neighborhood parks, access to trails, a 10-acre retail center and recreational facilities among many other amenities.

“We explored all of our options and after a thorough selection process it was evident to us that Merit was the obvious choice,” stated Paul Johnson, Senior Vice President, Community Development Rancho Mission Viejo. “Merit is aligned with the philosophies and practices that we see as critical in a management partner. And, they offer the full array of services and knowledge necessary for Rancho Mission Viejo to be successful.”

Robert Cardoza, Merit’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “We couldn’t be more excited and appreciative of being selected to manage this upcoming prestigious community. As a partner to Rancho Mission Viejo, our relationship over the last three decades has helped cultivate our approach to how we serve the people who live in the communities we manage.”

“We are dedicated to the idea that an association, when planned and executed right, can be a tremendous asset to the community experience for the residents that live there. We strive to be more than a typical management company and look forward to this partnership that will bring innovative ideas and a dynamic experience for those who choose to live in Rancho Mission Viejo,” stated Cardoza.

Merit’s consulting company, Merit Association Services, was brought on in 2011 to assist with operational planning and California Department of Real Estate budgeting process. The readiness planning is underway for the first two villages called Sendero and Gavilan. Merit will also assume property management services starting with the first villages of Sendero and Gavilan.

About The Ranch Plan
The Ranch Plan is an open space and land use strategy for the remaining 22,815 acres of Rancho Mission Viejo. More than 14,000 homes and five million square feet of commercial space are being planned with over 15,132 acres designated for open space. The community will include Sendero, a development of 940 homes and 200 apartments located where Ortega Highway meets Antonio Parkway, just east of San Juan Capistrano. The 690-acre Sendero has a grand opening date of summer 2013. The community will also include a gated active-adult neighborhood called Gavilan, an enclave of 285 single-story homes including a private clubhouse and recreational facilities. Other amenities include a 15-acre park with sports fields, neighborhood parks with access to area trails and the reserve, a 10-acre retail center, office space, child day care center and fire station.

About Merit
Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States, with ten regional offices throughout California. 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. http://www.meritpm.com

Voted “Best Companies to Work” 2009, 2010, 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, 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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