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Chris Kelsey

Chris Kelsey is the Director of Support for eUnify, cloud based property management software. He serves on the board of his self-manage HOA and has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
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Xeriscape Your Community and Home

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jun 27, 2018 8:06:00 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

eUnify, All That and a Bag of Chips!*

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 16, 2018 2:55:26 PM

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….

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Topics: uManage, eUnify, Accounting Integration, hoa accounting, portals

Death, Taxes, and HOA Dues

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Apr 18, 2018 8:18:00 AM

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:

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Topics: taxes, HOA Collections

eUnify for Condos & Concierge

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 21, 2018 4:32:44 PM

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:

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Topics: eUnify, Concierge, condos

What I’ve Learned in My Time Serving on My HOA Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

So far, I’ve been a member of my HOA board for 4 years. In that time, I’ve gained a new perspective on my community and the work it takes to maintain it. Prior to serving, I would be happy to pay my dues and let someone else take care of everything, and probably much more likely to have a negative view of the Board and of HOAs in general. I think if you live in an association, becoming involved on the Board or with some sub-committee is eye-opening in the way that working in a restaurant makes you a better customer. These are some of the lessons I’ve learned (I’m sure there are more to come):

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Topics: Community, self managed HOA, quickbooks, HOA Board

Onboarding the Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 17, 2018 2:45:52 PM

You might be thinking, “New Year, new me” in 2018. If part of what’s new for your in the New Year is election to your HOA Board, or a new career in HOA management, there will be a learning curve related to all the new tasks in your new position. Whether you’re a new board member or property manager, your concerns will be focused on efficiency, communication, transparency, and understanding the metrics that paint the picture of how the association is doing. Board members need to be in the know to fulfill their duties, and rely on managers to present all relevant information for their decision-making. The eUnify Board Portal is a valuable tool in addressing all of these areas of focus in the following ways:

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Topics: HOA Board, portals

eUnify, The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 20, 2017 1:29:35 PM

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 constantly updating and improving our products. The eUnify workshop turns out new toys far more often than once a year, making it a highly dynamic and adaptable platform. What does eUnify do to give to its clients?

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Topics: eUnify, Holidays

What's Gobbling Up Your Time?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 15, 2017 10:27:50 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

Is Your Mobile App Smart?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 25, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Compliance enforcement is a big deal. As a property manager, you probably have 5-10 (or more) associations to take care of and you spend a lot of time and effort on compliance. Boards need your help to crack down on CC&R violations, and laws all over the country are becoming stricter when it comes to notifying homeowners and escalating violations to fines. This requires you to be consistent and precise while driving neighborhoods and visually inspecting hundreds or thousands of homes each week. You need software to help you keep track of it all and a reliable mobile app to capture violations. You have a few software options to choose from, but what really is the smart choice? Here’s a quick list of what we think is smart to look for and some dumb things to avoid in mobile violations apps:

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Topics: Mobile App, uManage, HOA Violations, HOA Compliance

Find What You Need With eUnify

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 11, 2017 8:05:00 AM

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!).

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Topics: Mobile App, eUnify