Summer is almost here...
As the weather warms up, it’s probably time to spruce up the landscaping, fix the potholes in the street, and get the pool ready. These and other projects that fall under the purview of board members and association managers require due diligence in vetting vendors. Management companies typically work with a list of preferred vendors, but numerous bids are should be sought to get the best vendor, price, and final result for a project.
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, resident web portals become the cornerstone for community communication and social interaction. Here are 10 features HOA property management will want your community resident portal to have:
Finding new property management software can be challenging, you want to make sure that the new software will be able to integrate with platforms you are currently using. Integration enables systems to talk to each other. The Accounting System, Resident Portal, and uManage all TALK to each other.
Flow of Information:
ACCOUNTING > uManage > eUnify Resident Portal
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
When it comes to technology and selecting software providers, it is extremely important to consider the cost of software. Equally important is assessing the true IT costs of your operation. Shopping for software comes with some degree of sticker shock, but if software can offset other IT costs, it might be well worth updating your budget and maybe earning a few extra rewards points/miles on your credit card. Let’s consider one key “must-have” when it comes to choosing software and ensuring a quicker return on investment: Cloud-computing. Below is a quick rundown on what it means to be “in the cloud” and why it is so critical in terms of cost-savings, and adding true value to your business.Read More
Chances are, your self-managed HOA uses some form of small-business accounting software such as Quickbooks or Sage. eUnify developed proprietary integration in collaboration with not only Quickbooks, and additionally integrate with Sage, TOPS, C3 and Jenark to automate initial import of account data, and continued synchronization through nightly automatic processes. Accounting integration with property management software saves you time and the need for duplicate data entry making volunteers of self-managed HOA's happy. Here's a run down of eUnify products integrate with QuickBooks for self-managed HOAs:
We all know the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers”. Taking a broader view, what April, and April showers bring is renewal. At this time of renewal, there are challenges for HOA management and opportunities with new software designed to meet those challenges.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
We spoke of HOAs as a microcosm of government in a previous post, and indeed, HOAs occupy the most local of spheres of secular governance in our lives. While the focus of the earlier post regarding HOA governance was to draw parallels in function to higher levels of government, including democratic processes and inherent checks and balances, the focus of this article is how we as individuals can shape the culture of our communities through thoughtful contribution and engagement. The following sections offer ways in which we can engage our communities and some reasons why we should.Read More
Keeping track of work orders is a critical task for board members and property managers. Approved WO not only dip into funds from the operating budget, but could also have bearing code compliance, equipment warranty terms, and most importantly, the health and safety of homeowners. Because so much is potentially at stake when it comes to maintaining an association and its assets, the use of an integrated database solution is important for tracking progress, reporting to boards, and keeping history of completed WO's.Read More