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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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For the Common Good

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

As the new President takes office and the political chips fall where they may, we have an opportunity to assess what we value personally and for our communities; to focus on what common interests and goals unite us. Our political systems are imperfect and incapable of appeasing every individual, but they operate on the principles of majority rule, checks and balances, common good, and public service. While on a scale that is probably less than “micro” compared to the federal government, our HOAs can be seen as a microcosm of government, operating on these same principles. Let’s explore each of these principles of governance as they pertain to HOAs and their boards of directors: 

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Topics: Community, HOA Compliance, HOA, cloud, eVoting, online voting, elections

Don't Wait, Start Planning Now for Software in the New Year

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Hard to believe, but we are hurdling toward holiday season and will soon be arrive at 2017, armed with New Year’s resolutions that we may or may not keep. Some resolutions can’t wait until after the holidays, though. Now is the time for small businesses to begin the year-end accounting crunch and make budgets and projections for the New Year. If you are planning on changing software, getting started now will give you enough lead time to ensure everything is set up and ready to go on January 1. In this end-of-year process, let’s consider the adoption of new software, namely eUnify software, in terms of how it might fit in your budget, improve your operation, and adapt to your business, helping you meet your goals for 2017.

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Topics: Software, Mobile App, eUnify, TOPS, quickbooks, Jenark, C3, Sage

eLections with eUnify's Online Voting

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 20, 2016 1:44:59 PM

The season of elections is upon us, bringing 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

Signs of the Times – Legal Action Could be The End of Days for HOAs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 5, 2016 7:35:00 AM

In June of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a small church in Gilbert, AZ in its suit brought against the city for restrictions that limited the display of signs for its services. The Court cited the First Amendment in ruling that city regulations regarding size and display times of signs could not be distinguished by sign content. Whether political propaganda or religious service parking instructions, all signs must adhere to the same sets of regulations.
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Topics: HOA Compliance, HOA

Fall into eUnify

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 21, 2016 11:30:11 AM

eUnify’s main office is located in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, which means that the advent of Fall is a long-awaited reprieve from triple digit heat and the start of chemically derived “pumpkin-spice” additives to be available on Starbucks menus. For places with actual seasons, Fall is a beautiful time of transition, with colorful leaves, crisp air, chunky sweaters, and boots. For HOAs, Fall is an important and busy season of budgets, elections, and messy yards to deal with. Consider how eUnify can help you manage each of these activities:

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Topics: uManage, HOA Violations, resident portals, eUnify, HOA Budget, eVoting

Tech Trends + HOA Management

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

General trends in technology over the past decade are beginning to have a big impact on HOA management.  Very few software titles catering to the needs of property management were available up until fairly recently.  If you attend conferences technology topics are inevitably on the speaking agenda, and trade show floors are dotted with software vendors (it’s not just landscapers, law firms, and banks filling all those booths anymore).

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Topics: Software, Mobile App, HOA, cloud

Get More from QuickBooks

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jun 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

eUnify integration with QuickBooks empowers small business owners with technology used by large companies.  Mom and Pop property managers and newcomers to the industry can take full advantage of the same full-fledged operations platform and resident portals used by the big fish in the HOA pond.  Industry-specific accounting titles are great, but if your budget limits exploring those options, or if you simply have found your stride using QuickBooks or Sage, you will find that these two actually scale pretty easily as your business grows.  Plugging eUnify into QuickBooks will energize your whole operation with powerful management technology.

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Topics: Software, Property Management, quickbooks

3 Mobile Compliance Must-Haves

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

1. Must be truly mobile: 
Some compliance programs run in a mobile web-browser, which means that internet connection must be strong and uninterrupted for the program to function. An application that is “truly mobile” lives locally in the mobile device.  While true mobile applications may require internet connection to download data and synchronize captured violations, they offer the luxury of working even in rural, remote, or developing areas.  With browser-based mobile website applications, you run the risk of losing your work, or being unable to continue working when your connection is weak.  With a true mobile application, you have the stability and versatility of working offline and syncing with the main database later.

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Topics: Property Management, Mobile App, uManage, HOA Compliance

April Showers....bring Renewal (for Property Management)

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Apr 20, 2016 7:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Software, uManage, eUnify, Accounting Integration

Spring into eUnify Portals + uManage

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 23, 2016 7:00:00 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 to facilitate positive community yard campaigns:

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Topics: uManage, resident portals, Community, eUnify, HOA