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New Year, New Software Part II: Transparency

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 19, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Welcome back to our New Year, New Software series.  To recap from last week, eUnify operates on a model of continual deployment, which means we never stop developing, and we never consider our products to be “finished”. Once or twice every month, a raft of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes is floated to our client base. Our constant commitment to improvement makes us the perfect partner to help you set and achieve important goals. The following is just a sampling of the enhancements we released in the past few months alone towards transparency.  Here is Part II.

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Topics: Software, eUnify

New Year, New Software Part I: Accountability

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 12, 2022 7:45:00 AM

Each year, New Year’s resolutions mark our hope for the future, and for most of us, represent a degree of magical thinking, as if the mere act of setting a resolution will produce the results we desire. The transition from 2021 to 2022 was highly anticipated and welcomed by all as a means to put some distance between us and the parade of crises that marched on all of last year. However, we learned anew that the passage of time itself isn’t enough to fix problems, that the start of the new year is not a magical line in the sands of fate. The problems of yesteryear, especially when plentiful, tend to spill over that line between calendars. This reality check may be a bit exhausting to experience, and tedious to see in writing, I apologize, but the good news is some simple changes can bring about massive improvements this year. Both in our personal lives and in the workplace, some of the same guiding principles apply when. These are accountability, transparency, and efficiency. Another bit of good news is that you don’t bear the entire burden of making your life and business better alone. Take advantage of synergistic gains in your personal life by surrounding yourself with people who are actively working toward something bigger and better, and in your work life by partnering with the right vendors who can help with the heavy lifting when it comes to clearing the obstacles in your path.

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My New Year’s Resolutions as an HOA Board Member

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 5, 2022 8:15:00 AM

I didn’t bother with official New Year’s Resolutions this year, but “lose weight”, “save more money”, “finish home projects”, etc. will rattle around in the back of my mind for all of 2021, and maybe I’ll make some progress. However, in my capacity as a Board Member and the Vice President of my HOA Board of Directors, I have made a few more concrete resolutions. Below is my list…if you’re a Board Member or Manager, now’s a good time to think about what you want to improve in your communities and professionalism in carrying out the work of community associations

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Topics: HOA Board

Happy Holidays from eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 22, 2021 8:00:00 AM

All of us at eUnify want to thank you for your business and support this past crazy year. We sincerely hope this holiday season and the year ahead brings you joy, peace, health and happiness.
 
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with prosperity!
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Topics: Holidays

HOA for the Holidays

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Being home with our loved ones is a way to celebrate family, friends, and the successes of the year. This year amid pandemic, it might look a little different as we gather in family homes, decorated for the holidays, the role of our HOA’s might become more apparent, especially when it comes to enforcing the rules.

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Topics: HOA, Holidays

Holidays and the HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 8, 2021 7:45:00 AM

The holidays are like the weekend of the year. We work hard the rest of the time and look forward to the things we enjoy the most, shared time and meals with loved ones, overeating (overdrinking?), parties, gifts, laughter, etc., and just like the weekend, somehow it goes by too quickly and ends up more loaded with manual labor and demands than we’d like. Somehow many of us forget about all those demands over the ten months between holiday seasons, and many of us end up stressed out hosting guests and parties, making the house look perfect, and finding gifts for everyone. For those who live in HOAs, community rules, leadership, and events can be one more layer of stress. Board Members and Managers might consider the following to help keep the holidays happy for residents:

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Topics: HOA, HOA Board, Holidays

eUnify, The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

eUnify believes in the adage that it is better to give than to receive. Skipping a full Christmas analogy, let’s simply say we have a “workshop” of dedicated developers, who really wouldn’t like being compared to elves, constantly updating and improving our products. While Christmas comes but once a year, the eUnify workshop turns out new “toys” every 2-3 weeks, striving to continually give to our clients in the following ways:

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Topics: eUnify, Holidays

Give Thanks to Your HOA Board and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM


Thanksgiving is more than shameless gluttony and frenzied shopping; it is truly a transcendent holiday, an American tradition open to all, regardless of religious and cultural backgrounds. It’s an end of season celebration of harvest and a great opportunity to take stock of what matters in life and hopefully feel a bit of gratitude for the people around us. In many families, each member takes a turn identifying something they are grateful for before digging into the turkey feast. While your HOA likely is the last thing on your mind during the holiday season (unless you’ve been cited for leaving decorations up for too long), consider this post a reminder to be thankful for the HOA Board, even if you don’t make mention of it when it’s your turn to say what you’re grateful for at the table.

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Topics: HOA Board

Annual Meetings

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, many associations get ready to conduct an annual membership meeting. The purpose and procedure for conducting the annual meeting is typically spelled out in the association’s bylaws, but it’s important to make sure that state laws that supersede provisions in the bylaws are followed. It can be confusing deciphering what the law requires when it comes to the special annual meeting, different from the more frequent regular Board meeting. Just this past weekend I conducted the annual meeting for my association, so it’s fresh on my mind. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare for the meeting, and some tips for holding a successful meeting. Where state laws are considered, I can only offer what I know to be true in Arizona; be sure to review statutes in your state and reach out to your community’s attorney for guidance.

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Topics: HOA

What's Gobbling Up Your Time?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 10, 2021 8:00:00 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

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