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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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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

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

2020 and The Future of Work

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 16, 2020 12:54:14 PM

It’s been a wild year. Looking back on the events of the past twelve months it’s hard to believe all of that happened just in 2020; over 300,000 dead, millions unemployed, food insecurity surging 400%, streets filled with protesters, psychological suffering, an election, and the successful development of multiple vaccines with the promise to help restore some of what was lost. Through all this, we had to learn how to live with more distance between friends, family, and coworkers, how to home-school, work remotely, and fight off cabin fever. For most, it’s been a year of stress and uncertainty, pain and loss. I think we’re all ready to put the year to bed and wake up in the new year with brighter prospects. If social media is a reliable indicator of society at large, the good news is that the top trending hashtag on Instagram for 2020 BY FAR is #LOVE. Maybe this wild ride has helped us prioritize what really matters(?). 

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Happy Holidays and the HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 9, 2020 7:30:00 AM

The holidays are like the weekend of the year. We work hard the rest of the time and look forward to the things we enjoy the most, shared time and meals with loved ones, overeating (overdrinking?), parties, gifts, laughter, etc., and just like the weekend, somehow it goes by too quickly and ends up more loaded with manual labor and demands than we’d like. Somehow many of us forget about all those demands over the ten months between holiday seasons, and many of us end up stressed out hosting guests and parties, making the house look perfect, and finding gifts for everyone. For those who live in HOAs, community rules, leadership, and events can be one more layer of stress. Board Members and Managers might consider the following to help keep the holidays happy for residents:

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Topics: HOA, HOA Board, Holidays

Giving Thanks in the Time of COVID

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 18, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Gratitude might not be the first place our minds go in 2020, but there is still much to be thankful for. Traditional holiday celebrations and gatherings may be altered or canceled altogether, but we can celebrate and give thanks, even in a time of suffering, by giving back to our communities. There is so much need by members of our communities created by the pandemic. Whether its social isolation, stresses of homeschooling, canceled plans, job loss, or loss of a loved one, we all have people in our lives who are in in need. Each of us is likely experiencing pain in some way and the way to heal is to help others. Here are some ideas to be someone others are thankful for:

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What's Gobbling Up Your Time?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 11, 2020 7:45:00 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: Software, Holidays, cloud, mobile, standardization

HOA Horror Stories: Happy Halloween!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Compiling a list of HOA horror stories has become somewhat of a tradition for us this time of year. Whether the Board overreaches, homeowners disregard rules, or pettiness takes root, HOA horror stories continue to make headlines. In the spirit of Halloween, here are three of our top picks for 2020:

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Topics: HOA, Holidays