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What I’ve Learned in My Time Serving on My HOA Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 31, 2019 11:39:35 AM

So far, I’ve been a member of my HOA board for 4 years. In that time, I’ve gained a new perspective on my community and the work it takes to maintain it. Prior to serving, I would be happy to pay my dues and let someone else take care of everything, and probably much more likely to have a negative view of the Board and of HOAs in general. I think if you live in an association, becoming involved on the Board or with some sub-committee is eye-opening in the way that working in a restaurant makes you a better customer. These are some of the lessons I’ve learned (I’m sure there are more to come):

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Topics: Community, self managed HOA, quickbooks, HOA Board

"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

Onboarding the Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 9, 2019 8:15:00 AM

You might be thinking, “New Year, new me” in 2019. 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

HOA Board, Thanks for All Your Help and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 21, 2018 8:36:00 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

What I’ve Learned in My Time Serving on My HOA Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 21, 2018 12:00:00 AM

So far, I’ve been a member of my HOA board for 4 years. In that time, I’ve gained a new perspective on my community and the work it takes to maintain it. Prior to serving, I would be happy to pay my dues and let someone else take care of everything, and probably much more likely to have a negative view of the Board and of HOAs in general. I think if you live in an association, becoming involved on the Board or with some sub-committee is eye-opening in the way that working in a restaurant makes you a better customer. These are some of the lessons I’ve learned (I’m sure there are more to come):

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Topics: Community, self managed HOA, quickbooks, HOA Board

Onboarding the Board

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 17, 2018 2:45:52 PM

You might be thinking, “New Year, new me” in 2018. 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

HOA Board, Thanks for All Your Help and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 16, 2017 7:15:00 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

Online Voting with eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 12, 2017 8:35:00 AM

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

Looking forward: eUnify in 2017

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 18, 2017 12:20:08 PM

Thank you to all who have joined the eUnify family in 2016, and years past. We appreciate your support and all of the valued input that has helped to determine our ongoing list of enhancements. We’re applying the “new year, new you” idea to eUnify’s products in 2017 by reaffirming our commitment to continual improvement. Here are some of the exciting developments to expect in the coming weeks and months:

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Topics: Software, Property Management, resident portals, eUnify, HOA Board, appLega

Thanks for All Your Help, to the HOA Board and Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 15, 2016 8:00:00 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