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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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What's Gobbling Up Your Time?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 14, 2018 8:07:00 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: mobile, standardization, Holidays, Software, cloud

Countdown to 2019, Time to Switch Accounting

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 7, 2018 8:15:00 AM

As we count down to the end of the year, we get ready for advent calendars, 12 days of Christmas, 8 days of Hanukkah, and of course 6-8 weeks of manic shopping and preparations for parties and guests. This time of year is a chance to review, report, assess, and make goals for improvement in the New Year. While many of you are busy in roles as Board Members and managers, preparing budgets and year-end accounting, one major improvement to consider for next year is accounting software. eUnify offers a full accounting platform for community management complete with powerful automation and integration advantages over competing titles. Here is a short list of key accounting features:

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Topics: hoa accounting, Accounting Integration

Social Media, and Other Drugs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 25, 2018 11:35:29 AM

Earlier this morning, NPR broadcasted a story about recent scientific findings that a dose of ecstasy (MDMA) actually makes octopuses, otherwise notoriously asocial animals, display a greater degree of sociality and maybe even affection(?)1. Social media seems to be the most prevalent drug in today’s culture. It connects us in ways we couldn’t have imagined even ten years ago and provides us with instant access to news, personalized content, opinions, rantings, reviews, and photos of our friends, family, politicians, and cultural influencers. We carry the internet in our pockets, but does all this instant information gratification through social media actually make us more social or more affectionate? I’m not saying a drug of any kind, if it can be defined as such, is justified because it makes us somehow nicer to each other. This post is intended simply to explore social media in terms of its potentially addictive nature, consider some social media pitfalls related to how members of your community interact, and advocate for the need of a more formalized web presence for any community association.

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New uManage Vendor Portal!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 22, 2018 11:06:07 AM

Vendor management means keeping track of a lot of moving parts, especially for larger management companies, who might work with a thousand or more vendors across hundreds of associations. The Work Order system and vendor database built into uManage have helped many management companies maintain vendor information and streamlined vendor interactions, but we’ve taken things a step further with a new dedicated uManage Vendor Portal. This is a space just for vendors and includes these valuable tools:

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Topics: uManage, vendor portal

Mobile Inspections, Uninterrupted

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 1, 2018 8:00:00 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: mobile, uManage

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

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: HOA Board, self managed HOA, quickbooks, Community

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