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FirstService Residential Expands Internationally

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FirstService Corporation (Nasdaq:FSRV) (TSX:FSV) (TSX:FSV.PR.U) today announced it has increased the size and breadth of its market leading residential property management operations with the addition of Condominium First Management Services, Alberta's largest provider of residential property management services. The acquisition is FirstService Residential's first expansion outside of the United States. With offices in Calgary, Fort McMurray and Canmore, Alberta, Condominium First generated more than $7 million in revenues for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2010. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"All of us at Condominium First are delighted to be joining FirstService Residential and its market leading property management platform," said Don Davies, CEO of Condominium First Management. "FirstService's proven track record of providing high quality service to clients, cutting-edge operating systems and proprietary programs will enable us to provide greater value to our clients and accelerate our growth in the years to come. We could not have found a better partner to help take our business to the next level."

"Expanding into the Canadian market has been a strategic priority for us." said Gene Gomberg, CEO of FirstService Residential. "The addition of Condominium First, with its exceptional management team and leading market position in one of Canada's fastest growing markets, fits perfectly into our North American growth plan. It is also the first step in our strategy for expanding our operations outside of the United States. We look forward to working with Don Davies and his exceptional management team to enhance their service offerings and create incremental value for their clients while creating significant new career opportunities for their key people. "


FirstService Corporation is a global diversified leader in the rapidly growing property services sector, providing services in the following three areas: commercial real estate, residential property management; and property services. The industry-leading service platform includes Colliers International, the third largest global player in commercial real estate services; FirstService Residential Management, the largest manager of residential communities in North America; and TFC, North America's largest provider of property services through franchise and contractor networks.

FirstService generates more than U.S. $1.8 billion in annualized revenues and has over 18,000 employees worldwide. More information about FirstService is available at .


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CONTACT: FirstService Corporation John B. Friedrichsen, Senior Vice President & CFO (416) 960-9500 FirstService Residential Gene Gomberg, CEO (954) 926-2927