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Giving Thanks in the Time of COVID

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 18, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Gratitude might not be the first place our minds go in 2020, but there is still much to be thankful for. Traditional holiday celebrations and gatherings may be altered or canceled altogether, but we can celebrate and give thanks, even in a time of suffering, by giving back to our communities. There is so much need by members of our communities created by the pandemic. Whether its social isolation, stresses of homeschooling, canceled plans, job loss, or loss of a loved one, we all have people in our lives who are in in need. Each of us is likely experiencing pain in some way and the way to heal is to help others. Here are some ideas to be someone others are thankful for:

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What's Gobbling Up Your Time?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 11, 2020 7:45:00 AM

I was re-watching Mad Men on Netflix the other night and looking at the portrayal of a 1960s office, with nothing more high-tech than typewriters and phones, I thought to myself, how did anyone get anything done back then? Late in the first season Sterling Cooper did get an Optimus Prime sized copy machine, but no computers, database, internet, software, API’s, etc. in sight. I probably shouldn’t judge productivity in the past while sitting on the couch watching hours of TV, but the thought occurred to me in this Netflix binge that 50 years later, a lot of offices might still be stuck in the past. Since Turkey Day is near, let’s consider how some tech trends fight what “gobbles” up our time at work:

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Topics: Software, Holidays, cloud, mobile, standardization

Don't Wait, Start Planning for Software in 2021 Now!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 4, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Hard to believe (pandemic and all) that we are hurdling towards the holiday season and will soon be arrive at 2021, armed with New Year’s resolutions that we may or may not keep. Good riddance 2020! Some resolutions can’t wait until after the holidays, though. Now is the time for small businesses to begin the year-end accounting crunch and make budgets and projections for the New Year. If you are planning on changing software, getting started now will give you enough lead time to ensure everything is set up and ready to go on January 1. In this end-of-year process, let’s consider the adoption of new software, namely eUnify software, in terms of how it might fit in your budget, improve your operation, and adapt to your business, helping you meet your goals for 2021.

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Topics: Software, Mobile App, eUnify

HOA Horror Stories: Happy Halloween!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Compiling a list of HOA horror stories has become somewhat of a tradition for us this time of year. Whether the Board overreaches, homeowners disregard rules, or pettiness takes root, HOA horror stories continue to make headlines. In the spirit of Halloween, here are three of our top picks for 2020:

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Topics: HOA, Holidays

3 Tips for Building an Online Community with CommunityLink

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 21, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Portals offer valuable conveniences to homeowners, such as online payments, easy access to forms and documents, and announcements, among others, but the portal should be more than a convenient tool, it should be about building an online community. Portals provide the platform to communicate, collaborate, and build community. Here are 3 tips to make eUnify's homeowner portal, CommunityLink a place where homeowners gather.

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Topics: Software, Property Management, Community, eUnify, portals, communitylink

Social Media Platforms for HOA's and Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 7, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Chances  are, in addition to a website, your HOA or Property Management Company uses and/or participates in some form of social networking. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, social media is a great way to share information as well as build an active online community ( check out CommunityLink for that!). Social media can be used to remind members about upcoming board meetings and other community events, open discussion forums for planned maintenance projects, or gather feedback from residents regarding community topics. 
  
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Topics: Property Management, HOA, social media

Elections with eUnify eVoting

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM

The season of elections is upon us, bringing with it challenges inherent to neighborhood politics. Changes in dues, reshuffling of the HOA board, and ballot measures to amend governing documents or approve projects all carry the potential for charged emotions and political interest. On top of all that, there are the basic logistics of producing and sending out mailers to homeowners. In order to alleviate some of the headache that comes with elections, online voting is gaining popularity, and rules surrounding online election requirements are being detailed in state legislatures around the country.

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Topics: Software, resident portals, eUnify, HOA Board, eVoting, online voting, elections

Fall into eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 23, 2020 7:45:00 AM

eUnify’s main office is located in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, which means that the advent of Fall is a long-awaited reprieve from triple digit heat and the start of chemically derived “pumpkin-spice” additives to be available on Starbucks menus. For places with actual seasons, Fall is a beautiful time of transition, with colorful leaves, crisp air, chunky sweaters, and boots. For HOAs, Fall is an important and busy season of budgets, elections, and messy yards to deal with. Consider how eUnify can help you manage each of these activities:

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Topics: uManage, HOA Violations, eUnify, HOA, HOA Budget, eVoting, elections, community link

Sign(s) of the Times

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 16, 2020 11:40:15 AM

Social media has trained us to share our opinions readily, and with most people wearing their opinions on their sleeves these days, it’s not surprising to see so many posting their opinions to their homes and yards, especially in this election cycle. Not every opinion is expressed tastefully or minimally; some people would litter their yards with campaign signs if left to their own devices, but before you go sending violation notices or taking signs down, though, consider possible legal ramifications from doing so. For example, in 2016, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a small church in Gilbert, AZ in its suit brought against the city for restrictions that limited the display of signs for its services. The Court cited the First Amendment in ruling that city regulations regarding size and display times of signs could not be distinguished by sign content. Whether political propaganda or religious service parking instructions, all signs must adhere to the same sets of regulations.

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Topics: Community, HOA Compliance, elections, law, community link, HOA law

6 Benefits of the Cloud for Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 9, 2020 11:25:49 AM

Cloud computing is no longer the future, it’s a convenient reality and if you’re not using it for your property management and/or HOA, you could be missing out on some valuable and handy features. Cloud-based software options are available for just about every function your management company or HOA needs to accomplish, from accounting and online payments, to CC&R enforcement (violations!) and communicating with residents.

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Topics: Software, Property Management, self managed HOA, HOA, HOA Board