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Xeriscape Your Community and Home

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jun 12, 2019 8:30:00 AM

As I type, with the blinds closed, lights off, and A/C blasting, a deadly heatwave is baking the paint off my car in the parking lot. With record heat and prolonged drought as a backdrop, I determined xeriscaping to be a good topic for this blog post. Whether you live in the desert or in greener parts, much of the US is experiencing drought conditions. Xeriscaping is a great way to conserve water, save time, and update the appearance of your home. Let’s take a closer look at what xeriscaping is, what the benefits are, and some things to keep in mind when it comes to your HOA.

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Topics: HOA Landscaping

HOA's and H2O: The H2O Glossary

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jun 5, 2019 9:42:17 AM

Conserving water is a year-round activity. In fact, the best way for you to conserve water is to make it a regular habit. I thought I would take a little break from 'technology' and open the month by sharing the H2O Glossary I wrote for the CAI Central Arizona Chapter Community Resource magazine: HOA's and H2O.  While some of the "terms" are related specifically to Arizona (where I am based) many apply regardless of location nationwide.  Every state has their own local organizations and I encourage you to read up more on them. 

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Topics: CAI, Community Associations Institute, HOA

Portal up, It's the Law

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 29, 2019 1:23:26 PM

Maintaining an association website and/or portal is extremely useful in making community documents, events, and other information available to homeowners while saving managers and boards valuable time.This convenience is no longer an option for condominium associations with more than 150 units in Florida, where the state legislature has recently passed a bill to require websites for associations. The new laws even detail potential criminal penalties for noncompliance.

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Topics: resident portals, eUnify, portals, law

Cool for the Summer

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 22, 2019 8:05:00 AM

I run hot. On a recent flight, after politely asking the flight attendant if he could lower the cabin temperature, he asked if I was “going through the change”. I told him the answer was whatever it needed to be in order to cool off the plane. Given my temperature sensitivity, I probably shouldn’t be living in Phoenix, but calling this place home for so many years has helped me learn some tricks to keeping cool. As it relates to our homes, staying cool for the summer is easy, just think cool colors, like green and blue:

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Topics: community link, summer, pool pass

Social Media Platforms for HOA's and Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on May 8, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Cha nces 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. 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.  The next three week will dive into Social Media aspects for HOAs and Property Management.  
  
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Topics: Property Management, HOA, social media

May Brings Renewal, Challenges and Opportunities

Posted by Sarah Sukta on May 1, 2019 12:06:30 PM

We all know the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers”.  Taking a broader view, what May brings is renewal.  At this time of renewal, there are challenges for HOA management and opportunities with new software designed to meet those challenges.

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Topics: Software, uManage, eUnify, hoa accounting

eUnify Refresh – So Fresh and So Clean Clean!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Apr 24, 2019 12:10:10 PM

If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, you aren’t watching enough Netflix. Marie is an incredibly successful organization consultant, helping hoarders ditch the clutter. She’s become a cultural phenomenon with her Netflix series so much so that her name has become a verb synonymous with decluttering in popular vernacular, as in, “I spent the whole weekend Marie Kondoing my garage”, or “I had to Marie Kondo the guest room before my parents visited”. While in no way inspired by the series or Marie Kondo’s philosophy of only retaining possessions that “spark joy”, eUnify has been busy with a refresh of its own. Part of this effort is evident in the clean new eUnify website, found at www.eUnify.net (check it out). Other parts might be less visible but have a huge impact on the value offer eUnify represents and on customer experience.

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Mobile Inspections, Uninterrupted

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Apr 10, 2019 8:05:00 AM

The growing ubiquity of cloud-computing is built on the assumption of stable and secure remote access. For association managers, this has meant the transition from pen and paper to mobile account lookup, and violation and work order capture on smart phones and tablets. When your work depends on a data connection, what happens when the signal is weak or lost? This issue has been a major challenge and frustration to managers all over the country as management companies have adopted cloud-based systems. From the very first version of our mobile app for compliance, over 5 years ago, eUnify has addressed these concerns. Offline access continues to set our mobile app apart from others. These are the key features of the uManage mobile app keep your mobile inspections uninterrupted:

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Topics: uManage, mobile

Spring Cleaning with Community Link and uManage

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Mar 27, 2019 8:30:00 AM


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 - Community Link to facilitate positive community yard campaigns:

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Topics: uManage, Community, eUnify, HOA, portals, community link

SPRING! into eUnify

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 20, 2019 8:35:00 AM

As of today, March 20th, it is officially Spring in the Northern Hemisphere! Warmer temperatures are likely a welcome change for anyone hit by the recent Polar Vortex. Aside from warmer days and greener landscapes, Spring brings a number of HOA management challenges easily addressed with the aid of eUnify’s complete management software offerings.

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