Living Better Blog

The Secret to Being the Best Board Member You Can Be? Think like a Hobbit!

Posted by Melissa Merritt-Darden on Nov 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” This is the opening line to J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

It may seem that there aren’t many things a board member can learn from a hobbit. But, think about it: Bilbo Baggins, the story’s hero, is an everyday hobbit with no intention of being great; yet along the way, his simple, calm approach to unimaginable situations and his thoughtful demeanor determine the difference between success and failure for Middle Earth.

Our Community Association Managers are often the best resource for pinpointing these traits, since they’ve seen some of the very best and worst of board member attributes. So, what is best? What defines a future Bilbo Baggins?

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Topics: Community Living

Discover the latest in Community Management at Chicagoland Cooperator’s Fall Expo

Posted by Lea Marcou on Nov 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Chicagoland Cooperator’s Fall Expo is a day-long event designed to bring community association board members together to learn what’s new in community management.

This event is always a great opportunity for board members to take seminars taught by industry experts on new laws and changes that may affect your association and to discover best practices and get advice from fellow board members from across the country.

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Topics: Industry

Quick Tips for Accommodating Veterans and Their Service Animals in Your Community

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Nov 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Each November 11, we honor those who have served our country with a national day of remembrance and thanks, Veteran’s Day. In 2015 there were more than 19 million Veterans in the United States. Of this group of heroes, more than 3.6 million of them have some form of disability related to their service. Increasingly, disabled veterans and others enjoy the benefits of service animals to assist them with life functions. Chances are that your community has a veteran living among you. For those with the need for a service dog, we can honor their service by understanding the role of service dogs and working to accommodate their needs in our condominiums and HOAs.

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Topics: Community Living

Checklist: 4 Quick Tips to Protect Your Trees from Damage during Fall

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

Article and photos reprinted with permission from The Davey Tree Expert Company

With fall upon us, we await the arrival of the beautiful, vibrant colors to dawn the leaves of our beloved trees. Over just a few weeks, those bright green leaves transform into shades of dark brown, buttery yellow, deep red and vibrant orange. The changing leaves welcoming you home is one of the best parts of fall.

Pretty soon, after their colorful arrival, you will find yourself raking up the crunchy leaves and bidding farewell to your trees’ foliage for the next couple months.

But how can you be sure that your trees will stay healthy and strong this fall, continuing to welcome you home with their beauty? There’s much more to these majestic trees than the eye can see.

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Topics: House & Home

6 Steps to Change the Attitude of Apathy in Your Community

Posted by Sandra Vela-Mora on Oct 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

This is the question I’m asked most by our boards and I think we can all agree, if you’re on a community association board apathy is an issue that can affect even the most well-functioning communities.

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