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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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Request for Proposal, Gimme A Bid!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 17, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Summer is almost here...
As the weather warms up, it’s probably time to spruce up the landscaping, fix the potholes in the street, and get the pool ready. These and other projects that fall under the purview of board members and association managers require due diligence in vetting vendors. Management companies typically work with a list of preferred vendors, but numerous bids are should be sought to get the best vendor, price, and final result for a project.

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Topics: uManage, RFP

Keep Money in the Bank with Software in the Cloud

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Apr 19, 2017 8:05:00 AM

When it comes to technology and selecting software providers, it is extremely important to consider the cost of software. Equally important is assessing the true IT costs of your operation. Shopping for software comes with some degree of sticker shock, but if software can offset other IT costs, it might be well worth updating your budget and maybe earning a few extra rewards points/miles on your credit card. Let’s consider one key “must-have” when it comes to choosing software and ensuring a quicker return on investment: Cloud-computing. Below is a quick rundown on what it means to be “in the cloud” and why it is so critical in terms of cost-savings, and adding true value to your business.

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Topics: Software, cloud

Community Culture

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 22, 2017 11:23:54 AM

We spoke of HOAs as a microcosm of government in a previous post, and indeed, HOAs occupy the most local of spheres of secular governance in our lives. While the focus of the earlier post regarding HOA governance was to draw parallels in function to higher levels of government, including democratic processes and inherent checks and balances, the focus of this article is how we as individuals can shape the culture of our communities through thoughtful contribution and engagement. The following sections offer ways in which we can engage our communities and some reasons why we should.

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Topics: Community, portals

Looking forward: eUnify in 2017

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 18, 2017 12:20:08 PM

Thank you to all who have joined the eUnify family in 2016, and years past. We appreciate your support and all of the valued input that has helped to determine our ongoing list of enhancements. We’re applying the “new year, new you” idea to eUnify’s products in 2017 by reaffirming our commitment to continual improvement. Here are some of the exciting developments to expect in the coming weeks and months:

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Topics: Software, Property Management, resident portals, eUnify, HOA Board, appLega

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