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eVoting with eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Mar 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Elections bring 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

Season of Home Improvements – Tools for the Architectural Committee

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We are less than one month away from the official start of Spring. For homeowners, the change in seasons from Winter to Spring and the renewal that this time represents triggers a desire to rid homes of clutter, finally get around to cleaning behind the refrigerator, and start on home improvement projects. It’s a busy time for community associations both in revamping landscaping and fixtures in common areas, and in fielding architectural review submittals. Now is an important time to nail down your community’s design guidelines and its process in handling these applications, keeping track of history, and performing inspection follow-up to see if applicants who received approval stuck to the plans for their modifications.

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Topics: architecturals

Best Practices for Leveraging the CommunityLink Homeowner Portal

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Feb 17, 2021 8:11:28 AM

In conversations with eUnify clients recently, best practices for leveraging the CommunityLink homeowner portal has emerged as a recurring theme. I have observed clients utilize the portal with varying degrees of success and have come up with a short list of ideas for making the most of the community portal. Basically, it comes down to building content. Think about your favorite news site. You probably visit it a couple times a day. If content isn’t constantly refreshed, you are easily bored and unlikely to peruse outdated headlines. While announcements, events, and documents in your community portal are slower to change than the day’s headlines, building a library of content will encourage homeowners to come to the portal site more often. Here are some ideas for maximizing usage of the eUnify CommunityLink portal:

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Topics: portals, community link

Show Some Love

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Feb 10, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Valentine’s Day is all about overt expressions of love, like roses, chocolates, cards, fancy dinners, and jewelry. While we might feel inclined (or obligated) to make such demonstrations on a periodic basis, we all know that true love is found in countless small, maybe even invisible selfless acts.

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Topics: resident portals, Holidays, mobile

New Year, New Software Part III: Efficiency

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 3, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Here is Part III of our New Year, New Software series.  As a recap, 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 on efficiency for our users. 

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Topics: Software, eUnify

New Year, New Software Part II: Transparency

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 27, 2021 8:00:00 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 20, 2021 9:20:00 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 2020 to 2021 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 13, 2021 7:40:00 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

2021: It's time for New Property Management Software

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jan 6, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Technology for property management software has evolved.  Managers are replacing pen and paper with tablets and smartphones on compliance rides and even HOA boards are discovering the benefits of association portals with important functions, such as: online payments, text emergency communications.

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Topics: Software

eUnify, The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 30, 2020 7:30:00 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