If you asked us in the past, “what is eUnify?”, we always responded, “Everything but Accounting”. We even trademarked that tagline. This past week at the Community Associations Institute Annual Conference and Exposition, we kicked off marketing of our full-featured accounting platform. I guess we need to update our tagline to “Everything (period).”, “Everything AND Accounting”, or maybe “All that and a bag of chips!” (chips not included). As much as we love phrases from the 90’s, and chips, we settled on, “Complete Management Software”, hoping the message is simple and clear: eUnify is the complete software package for all of your HOA management needs. What is eUnify? Answering in a bit more detail, eUnify is….
Sometimes the terms “website” and “portal” are used interchangeably, and this usage isn’t entirely inaccurate but do you really know the difference between website vs portal? By definition, a website is a location on the internet that is unique and which is accessed via a web browser using a specific URL (web address). Portals are also accessed via a web browser and specific URL, but content is login protected and user-specific. I am asked all the time the difference between a portal and a website and I usually say something to this effect: A resident portal is a website, but a website is not necessarily a portal; it’s like the rhombus vs. square argument (the only thing I remember from geometry). To highlight the differences, here are quick definitions and a few more distinguishing features of websites and portals:Read More
The architectural review process can be tedious and entirely manual without software. Here’s an example of how this process might play out:Read More
Everyone is familiar with the saying “nothing is certain but death and taxes”, but it seems we can add HOA dues to the list of inevitabilities as the country continues to go the way of the HOA. I personally like HOAs, partly because their existence keeps me employed, but also because living in one offers the peace of mind that my neighbor can’t adhere a giant Hello Kitty decal to their garage door! Since it’s tax day and millions of Americans are scrambling to file their returns, I thought it might be interesting to explore how taxes and HOAs might relate to one another:Read More
We spend a shocking amount of time looking for things. If you’ve ever lived in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment, you might have a more acute sense of how much lost time and energy lies in losing track of items and forgetting things you need (I used to make it up and down the stairs 3 times a day before getting everything I needed for the day!).Read More
Property managers and HOA Boards often get a bad rap because most of the communication with homeowners skews negative, such as, “you painted your house the wrong color and now you must redo all of it!”, or “hurry up and pull those weeds!” While these messages to homeowners for compliance issues are necessary for community maintenance, often they are interpreted as personal attacks, or at least a nuisance. With the warmer spring weather, homeowners are usually more interested in beautifying their homes, which presents a great opportunity to property managers for positive reinforcement. Here are some ideas on how to use uManage and the eUnify homeowner portal to facilitate positive community yard campaigns:
eUnify was born and raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, but it has an appreciation of the unique demands of city life. Our single-family association customers don’t usually need to keep track of as much information on owners and residents as hi-rise buildings, so we’ve tailored our platform with flexible features that can enabled for specific properties. With a growing customer base in major metropolises around the country, eUnify has dedicated time and resources to developing functions our friends and customers in hi-rise condos need. Buildings in Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and other great cities now enjoy the benefit of eUnify’s Concierge module and other functions as a part of our complete management software package. These include:
Associations need an online presence. New laws in some states even require online posting of content, such as governing documents. Portals exceed these basic needs with secure user access and customized content. eUnify Portals give homeowners access to personal account and association info. Whether you want to find a babysitter, sell a lawnmower, get a recommendation on an electrician, or find the date and time of the next board meeting, Portals become the cornerstone for community communication and social interaction. Here are the TOP 10 features you will want in your HOA Portal: