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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

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

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 12, 2016 7:35:00 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

HOA Back to School

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Aug 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Its Back to School time and that means for your HOA too! Whether it’s board members, community managers or even homeowners, education is always a good thing. Here are 3 HOA blogs for ‘Back to School’:

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Topics: Property Management, Community, HOA

Top 10 Features in Demand for HOA Resident Portals

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jun 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Whether you want to find a babysitter, sell a lawnmower, get a recommendation on an electrician, or find the date and time of the next board meeting, resident web portals become the cornerstone for community communication and social interaction. Here are 10 features HOA property management will want your community resident portal to have:

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Topics: Software, Property Management, resident portals, Community

HOA in the Summer

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jun 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Summer is finally here!  And we need to make sure our HOAs stay cool and safe in the upcoming summer months.  Whether it’s the safety of children or pets or even complying with HOA rules and regulations, here are 3 good summer HOA blogs.  Click on the titles to read more.

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Topics: Property Management, Community, HOA

3 Ways To Build An Online Community with eUnify Resident Portals

Posted by Sarah Sukta on May 4, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Homeowner community resident portals offer valuable conveniences to residents, such as online payments, easy access to forms and documents, and announcements, among others, but the resident portal should be more than a convenient tool, it should be about building an online community. Portals provide the platform to communicate, collaborate, and build community. Here are 3 tips to make your resident portal a place where homeowners gather.

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Topics: Software, Property Management, resident portals, Community

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

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

10 Features Homeowners want in their HOA Resident Portal

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 
Whether you want to find a babysitter, sell a lawnmower, get a recommendation on an electrician, or find the date and time of the next board meeting, resident web portals become the cornerstone for community communication and social interaction. Here are 10 features HOA property management will want your community resident portal to have:
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Topics: Software, Property Management, resident portals, Community