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"OMG, the Pool!" - Summer Storms and HOAs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 22, 2020 8:07:00 AM

A version of this article was first posted in July 2019. Here is repost again in preparation for Arizona's monsoon season and  (More 2020 Monsoon Details here)

Phoenicians look forward to monsoon with the eagerness of NASCAR-goers awaiting a car crash. There’s beauty in the destructive power of the unpredictable storms in this season. Two of my brothers who now live out of state plan visits during the annual monsoon season to satisfy a nostalgic craving for the theatrics of mile-high walls of dust, fierce lightning, and flash flooding, along with the thrill of waiting to see how much force nature will unleash. Just last night, the first of these cracked open the skies with an impressive lightning show, rain, and microbursts of wind. I had dinner with a friend and stopped for a second leaving the restaurant to take in the gorgeous yet ominous sunset with a storm looming in the distance, and then got in my car and thought nothing of it. I made it home before even the air stirred. As soon as I was home, I got a message from my friend whose house apparently was in the path of a microburst while we were at dinner. The message said, “OMG, the pool! It’s brown and there’s half a tree in it!”.

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Topics: eUnify, HOA, HOA Board, work orders, portals, HOA Landscaping, vendor portal, community link, summer

Contactless with eUnify

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 16, 2020 11:23:41 AM

As businesses continue to adapt to this time of COVID-19, eUnify is working hard to offer important enhancements. One important word has come to represent a new standard in business operations, “contactless”. Food service have evolved to minimize person-to-person contact by offering sealed takeout packaging, contactless delivery, and curbside pickup. We often hear experts and local leaders state we are safest at home, and as many of us stay home more than ever before, it makes sense that the communities in which we reside are also considering ways to adapt to this new reality. eUnify is constantly evolving to address industry needs. Here are some of the ways we are helping you provide contactless service to your communities.

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Topics: HOA, architectural reviews, community link, work from home, payment, resident request

eUnify for the Summer: HOA Home and Pool Tips

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 8, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Staying cool for the summer is easy, just think cool colors, like green and blue. Here are some tips for staying cool this summer and saving you some money as well:

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Topics: community link, summer, pool pass

Architectural Review Process with eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jun 3, 2020 7:45:00 AM

eUnify streamlines architectural review by automating plan submission, manager and committee review, communication, voting, and approval/denial notices to homeowners. The process combines homeowner and committee input using CommunityLink portals and manager facilitation in uManage in a few easy steps:

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Topics: uManage, architectural reviews, community link

CommunityLink: Homeowner, Board, and Vendor Portals

Posted by Sarah Sukta on May 13, 2020 7:30:00 AM

When it comes to portals, the idea is to build community. CommunityLink’s relevant content and ease of access offers homeowners convenient participation in their community. As a manager or board member or vendor, you benefit by making basic functions and information accessible to residents on a self-serve basis, while providing a space where everyone in the community belongs.  Learn more about each of our portals below.

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Topics: HOA Board, portals, vendor portal, community link

CommunityLink Mobile App

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Apr 15, 2020 7:45:00 AM

CommunityLink for homeowners and residents is available as a mobile app in the Google Play and Apple App stores. The mobile version of the portal provides a clean, concise interface that’s intuitive and easy to use. Homeowners can view their personal account information and community information in the app. Go to your app store and look for “CommunityLink” by eUnify. 

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Topics: Mobile App, portals, community link

Work Remotely with eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Apr 1, 2020 7:30:00 AM

eUnify enables remote working. Terms we wouldn’t have used much in the recent past are part of our everyday vocabulary. Terms like, “social distancing”, “quarantine”, and “flattening the curve” describe a social duty to keep distance from everyone outside our households in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. These terms also represent a massive challenge to many businesses. Major corporations have invested billions of dollars in the past several weeks in updating systems to allow for as many employees as possible to work from home.

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Topics: HOA Violations, eUnify, mobile, community link, pandemic, COVID-19

Best Practices for Leveraging the CommunityLink Homeowner Portal

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Feb 12, 2020 6:52:00 AM

In conversations with eUnify clients recently, best practices for leveraging the CommunityLink homeowner portal has emerged as a recurring theme. I have observed clients utilize the portal with varying degrees of success and have come up with a short list of ideas for making the most of the community portal. Basically, it comes down to building content. Think about your favorite news site. You probably visit it a couple times a day. If content isn’t constantly refreshed, you are easily bored and unlikely to peruse outdated headlines. While announcements, events, and documents in your community portal are slower to change than the day’s headlines, building a library of content will encourage homeowners to come to the portal site more often. Here are some ideas for maximizing usage of the eUnify CommunityLink portal:

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Topics: portals, community link

Just Follow The Rules

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 19, 2019 9:27:24 AM

Governing bodies are charged with oversight. In order to prevent oversight from becoming overreach, and even downright tyranny, transparency and accountability are key. Homeowners associations, as governing bodies, must work to preserve visibility into the work of Board Members and Managers alike. An overzealous Board Member, disorganized Manager, or belligerent homeowner can do a lot of damage to the community. A simple internet search returns countless “HOA horror stories” with a couple of common themes: 1. Abuse of power by the Manager or Board (or individual Board Member) and 2. Ignorance of or disregard for the rules detailed in the association’s governing documents on the part of Homeowners, Board Members, and/or the Manager. Here is a real-life horror story pulled from the headlines for each of these themes and a summary of how effective use of software may have prevented the drama.

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Topics: HOA Compliance, architectural reviews, portals, architecturals, community link

Build It and They Will Come

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 21, 2019 8:15:00 AM

In conversations with eUnify clients recently, best practices for leveraging the CommunityLink homeowner portal has emerged as a recurring theme. I have observed clients utilize the portal with varying degrees of success and have come up with a short list of ideas for making the most of the community portal. Basically, it comes down to building content. Think about your favorite news site. You probably visit it a couple times a day. If content isn’t constantly refreshed, you are easily bored and unlikely to peruse outdated headlines. While announcements, events, and documents in your community portal are slower to change than the day’s headlines, building a library of content will encourage homeowners to come to the portal site more often. Here are some ideas for maximizing usage of the eUnify CommunityLink portal:

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Topics: portals, community link