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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

HOA in the Summer ...2020

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 1, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Summer is finally here! However, summer might look a little different this year because of the current status of COVID-19. We STILL need to make sure our HOAs stay cool and safe in the upcoming summer months, especially as parts of the country start to reopen.  Whether it’s the safety of children or pets or even complying with HOA rules and regulations, here are 5 good classic summer HOA blogs (that might need slight modification depending on where you live).  Click on the titles to read more.

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Topics: Property Management, Community, HOA

Can’t Imagine Not Being in the Cloud!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 20, 2020 10:11:13 PM

As businesses across the globe scrambled to enable “work from home” models a couple of months ago, one eUnify client provided this feedback: “I can’t even imagine not being in the cloud, all this would have been so much harder on our old system!”. Crisis shows the cracks in everything; cracks in society, systems, and services. Inequities and inefficiencies are made worse under the added stress of crisis. Businesses without the right infrastructure and software were forced overnight to figure out workable solutions. All of us in the HOA industry perform essential functions that keep neighborhoods safe and operating smoothly. For our essential work, being in the cloud is, well, essential, and here’s why:

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Topics: HOA, cloud, COVID-19, work from home

HOA for the Holidays

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM

 

Being home with our loved ones is a way to celebrate family, friends, and the successes of the year. As we gather in family homes, decorated for the holidays, the role of our HOA’s might become more apparent, especially when it comes to enforcing the rules.

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Topics: HOA, Holidays

Happy Holidays and the HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 20, 2019 4:05:45 PM

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

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 30, 2019 8:50:23 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

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

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 24, 2019 10:46:20 AM

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

HOA in the Summer 2019

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 17, 2019 1:19:20 PM

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 5 good summer HOA blogs.  Click on the titles to read more.

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Topics: Property Management, Community, HOA

HOA's and H2O: The H2O Glossary

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jun 5, 2019 9:42:17 AM

Conserving water is a year-round activity. In fact, the best way for you to conserve water is to make it a regular habit. I thought I would take a little break from 'technology' and open the month by sharing the H2O Glossary I wrote for the CAI Central Arizona Chapter Community Resource magazine: HOA's and H2O.  While some of the "terms" are related specifically to Arizona (where I am based) many apply regardless of location nationwide.  Every state has their own local organizations and I encourage you to read up more on them. 

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Topics: CAI, Community Associations Institute, HOA