Living Better Blog

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

Welcome Home!

Posted by Chelle O'Keefe on Jun 12, 2015 12:16:00 PM

… to our newly updated Associa website! I’m so excited to show you around and point out some new features and functionality designed to help you and your community achieve your vision. First, the site has a responsive design that is easy to navigate, regardless of your device. And, the bright colors and updated content reflect our brand and truly give you a sense of what it is like to partner with us.


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Topics: education, Industry, House & Home, Community Living

The Stakes are High as the Priority Lien Law Battle in Nevada Heats Up

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jun 8, 2015 5:51:00 PM

What happens when a unit owner in an association doesn’t or can’t pay their assessments?

This question was at the core of an epic debate in the Nevada Assembly this year. Nevada, like more than 21 other states, has what is called a “Super-Priority Lien” law. The law requires that in the event of a foreclosure the first party to get paid money owed is the association. Such laws were passed to help protect the finances of associations who maintain community amenities, services, insurance and property which enhance the value of all units in the community.


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Topics: Industry

Fruits of Labor

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 7, 2015 10:39:00 PM

By Gina Franklin

I love farmers markets in the spring and summer. All of the beautiful fruits and vegetables inspire me to create culinary works of art. Is it just me, or does anyone else get hungry just walking down the rows of fruit stands with their perfectly portioned displays? Seriously, going to the market is usually the highlight of my week.


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Topics: Entertaining & Decorating, House & Home