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HOA for the Holidays

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Dec 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Being home with our loved ones is a way to celebrate family, friends, and the successes of the year. This year amid pandemic, it might look a little different 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

Holidays and the HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 8, 2021 7:45:00 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

Annual Meetings

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Nov 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

As the year draws to a close, many associations get ready to conduct an annual membership meeting. The purpose and procedure for conducting the annual meeting is typically spelled out in the association’s bylaws, but it’s important to make sure that state laws that supersede provisions in the bylaws are followed. It can be confusing deciphering what the law requires when it comes to the special annual meeting, different from the more frequent regular Board meeting. Just this past weekend I conducted the annual meeting for my association, so it’s fresh on my mind. Here are a few things to consider as you prepare for the meeting, and some tips for holding a successful meeting. Where state laws are considered, I can only offer what I know to be true in Arizona; be sure to review statutes in your state and reach out to your community’s attorney for guidance.

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Topics: HOA

HOA Horror Stories: Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 27, 2021 7:59:00 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:

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Topics: HOA, Holidays

Social Media Platforms for HOA's and Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 6, 2021 2:44:29 PM

Chances  are, in addition to a website, your HOA or Property Management Company uses and/or participates in some form of social networking. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, social media is a great way to share information as well as build an active online community ( check out CommunityLink for that!). Social media can be used to remind members about upcoming board meetings and other community events, open discussion forums for planned maintenance projects, or gather feedback from residents regarding community topics. 
  
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Topics: Property Management, HOA, social media

Fall into eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 29, 2021 8:00:00 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, eUnify, HOA, HOA Budget, eVoting, elections, community link

6 Benefits of the Cloud for Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Cloud computing is no longer the future, it’s a convenient reality and if you’re not using it for your property management and/or HOA, you could be missing out on some valuable and handy features. Cloud-based software options are available for just about every function your management company or HOA needs to accomplish, from accounting and online payments, to CC&R enforcement (violations!) and communicating with residents.

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Topics: Software, Property Management, self managed HOA, HOA, HOA Board

A Unified Approach in Our Community Associations

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 11, 2021 8:15:00 AM

There is no shortcut to building a unified community, but it’s worth the hard work to foster an environment of professionalism, inclusion, and validation in our community associations. We can achieve these ideals through:

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Topics: Software, HOA, HOA Board

Can’t Imagine Not Being in the Cloud!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 14, 2021 8:15:00 AM

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

Contactless Options are Here to Stay

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 7, 2021 8:14:02 AM

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

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