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Elections with eUnify eVoting

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM

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

6 Benefits of the Cloud for Property Management

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 9, 2020 11:25:49 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 20, 2020 7:45:00 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

"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

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

eVoting with eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Mar 25, 2020 8:15:00 AM

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

What Board Members Can Do during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 18, 2020 8:33:49 AM

Everything seems to be shutting down in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In 2003, when the SARS outbreak began, I was near the epicenter in Taiwan. It felt other-worldly, like being in a movie stepping outside one day to see busy streets of people, all wearing masks, building security at every hi-rise taking temperature readings from the foreheads of anyone who wished to enter, and seeing society effectively shut down temporarily. While the HOA may be the last thing on anyone’s mind, if you serve on the Board for your community, it’s time to take action as a community leader. Here are few things you can be doing now:

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Topics: HOA Board, pandemic, COVID-19

My New Year’s Resolutions as an HOA Board Member

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 23, 2020 1:59:23 PM

I didn’t bother with official New Year’s Resolutions this year, but “lose weight”, “save more money”, “finish home projects”, etc. will rattle around in the back of my mind for all of 2020, and maybe I’ll make some progress. However, in my capacity as a Board Member and the Vice President of my HOA Board of Directors, I have made a few more concrete resolutions. Below is my list…if you’re a Board Member or Manager, now’s a good time to think about what you want to improve in your communities and professionalism in carrying out the work of community associations

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Topics: HOA Board

Onboarding the Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 15, 2020 8:30:00 AM

You might be thinking, “New Year, new me” in 2020. If part of what’s new for your in the New Year is election to your HOA Board, or a new career in HOA management, there will be a learning curve related to all the new tasks in your new position. Whether you’re a new board member or property manager, your concerns will be focused on efficiency, communication, transparency, and understanding the metrics that paint the picture of how the association is doing. Board members need to be in the know to fulfill their duties, and rely on managers to present all relevant information for their decision-making. The eUnify Board Portal is a valuable tool in addressing all of these areas of focus in the following ways:

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Topics: HOA Board, portals

Give Thanks to Your HOA Board and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 27, 2019 8:45:00 AM


Thanksgiving is more than shameless gluttony and frenzied shopping; it is truly a transcendent holiday, an American tradition open to all, regardless of religious and cultural backgrounds. It’s an end of season celebration of harvest and a great opportunity to take stock of what matters in life and hopefully feel a bit of gratitude for the people around us. In many families, each member takes a turn identifying something they are grateful for before digging into the turkey feast. While your HOA likely is the last thing on your mind during the holiday season (unless you’ve been cited for leaving decorations up for too long), consider this post a reminder to be thankful for the HOA Board, even if you don’t make mention of it when it’s your turn to say what you’re grateful for at the table.

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Topics: HOA Board