Living Better Blog

An Introvert’s Guide to Speaking Up at HOA Board Meetings from a Toastmasters Expert

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 28, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Heights, spiders, snakes – these popular phobias are no match for glossophobia, better known as the fear of public speaking, which rank as the most popular phobia.

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Topics: education, Community Living

It’s the peak of hurricane season. Here's your preparation plan.

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 20, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, and according to the National Hurricane Center, the peak of the season occurs between mid-August and late October.

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Topics: House & Home, Community Living

The Buck Stops Here: Four Steps to Lead Change in Your Community

Posted by Chelle O'Keefe on Aug 12, 2015 7:00:00 AM
This article was originally published on

We’ve all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we’d like to change: a rule regarding hours of trash collection or maintenance, or a change to the facilities in a common area like the addition of a playground or swimming pool. So, how do we make change happen?

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Topics: Community Living

Five Little-Known Consequences of Not Cleaning Your Gutters

Posted by Tosh Tricas, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Jul 29, 2015 12:45:15 PM

Has your board ever said something like this?

“We don’t need to clean up there! I mean, I can’t even see anything in the gutters from where I’m standing.”

It’s a common misconception that gutter cleaning is done solely for cosmetic reasons. But plugged gutters will damage your buildings, increase your exterminator fees and create the potential for health issues. And yes, they will affect the appearance of your building.

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The empty chair: Who's missing from your planning meetings?

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

This article was originally published on The Daily Transcript and is republished with permission.

After a developer acquires a piece of land and establishes a vision for a new common interest development, there is a lot of work to do to bring that vision to reality. Typically, from conception through the forward planning stage of the process, the builder will engage various consultants, including engineers, architects and the attorney who will form the HOA. All too often, however, a key consultant is missing from the forward planning process – the HOA Management Specialist usually employed by a management company.

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Topics: Industry