Living Better Blog

Partner Post: 3 Questions to Ask Before Signing Your Snow Removal Contract

Posted by Pro-Pave, Inc. on Feb 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Picture this—the morning after a huge snowstorm, your residents pull into the parking lot or neighborhood to find that your property maintenance service has already wiped the place clean. They can easily drive down the street or into a parking spot without thick snow drifts blocking them from their homes. 

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Topics: Community Living

Essential Board Member Skills: Objectivity is Key

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I believe the most important skill for a board member to possess is objectivity. You need to look at all positions and possibilities and then select the path that provides the greatest good for all members of the association. This may not be the path that benefits yourself the most, but benefits the group. We call this the “no personal agenda” approach to being a board member.

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Topics: Community Living

Infographic: Associa Cares 2016 Heart Strings Giving Report

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Associa Cares set a record for the most families assisted in a single year in 2016. From victims of wildfires in Canada to fallen and injured police officers in Texas, we were able to help communities across North America in the wake of disaster. And it's all thanks to the fact that our donors doubled their contributions from the year before.

The infographic below provides specific stats that demonstrate how Associa Cares, our employees and concerned citizens worked together to make an impact in 2016. 

To learn more about Associa Cares, watch this video. And to donate or request assistance, visit

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Topics: Community Living

Essential Board Member Skills: Listen More, Talk Less

Posted by Lance Govang on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When I was asked which skill was most essential for board members, I had an immediate consideration for one I thought they should definitely master: listening. However, as a matter of routine, I did a straw poll of some of my managers and asked them the same question. Some of the skills they suggested were:

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Topics: Community Living, board member skills

6 Essential Skills Board Members Should Master

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve chosen to dedicate valuable time to serving as a board member, giving the job your best effort may require you to refine certain skills or learn new ones. But between your limited time, big buzzwords and best practices, it can be hard to figure out exactly which skills you should cultivate to make an impact in your community. To find out which ones are most important to master, we reached out to our leaders from across globe to identify the most essential skills board members need in order to be successful. Read their responses below.

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Topics: board members, Community Living, board member skills





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