Living Better Blog

Finding your Cinderella in a Sea of Stepsisters: Perfectly Pairing With the Right Management Company for your Community

Posted by Melissa Merritt-Darden on Sep 22, 2015 7:00:00 AM

By: Melissa Merritt-Darden, CMCA, AMS, PCAM – Associa Carolinas

The tale of Cinderella is hundreds of years old and has been re-told (and remade) many times over. The defining moment of a young, forlorn girl believing in herself and her dreams and living happily ever after, against all odds, is classic because we all want to believe that hope leads to change and change leads to happiness.

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Partner Post: Putting play on the back-to-school checklist

Posted by Staff Writer on Sep 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

This article was originally published  and reprinted with permission by Associa Advantage partner, Playworld, a leading playground equipment and surfacing manufacturer committed to saving outdoor unstructured play. Associa Advantage uses the purchasing power of Associa’s more than 2 million homeowners to offer exceptional discounts and savings with trusted vendor partners.

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Topics: Community Living

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