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For the Common Good

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the new President takes office and the political chips fall where they may, we have an opportunity to assess what we value personally and for our communities; to focus on what common interests and goals unite us. Our political systems are imperfect and incapable of appeasing every individual, but they operate on the principles of majority rule, checks and balances, common good, and public service. While on a scale that is probably less than “micro” compared to the federal government, our HOAs can be seen as a microcosm of government, operating on these same principles. Let’s explore each of these principles of governance as they pertain to HOAs and their boards of directors: 

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Topics: Community, HOA Compliance, HOA, cloud, eVoting, online voting, elections

3 Things You Need For Mobile Compliance

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 9, 2016 7:33:00 AM

1. Must be truly mobile: 
Some compliance programs run in a mobile web-browser, which means that internet connection must be strong and uninterrupted for the program to function. An application that is “truly mobile” lives locally in the mobile device.  While true mobile applications may require internet connection to download data and synchronize captured violations, they offer the luxury of working even in rural, remote, or developing areas.  With browser-based mobile website applications, you run the risk of losing your work, or being unable to continue working when your connection is weak.  With a true mobile application, you have the stability and versatility of working offline and syncing with the main database later.

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Topics: Property Management, Mobile App, uManage, HOA Compliance

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 12, 2016 7:35:00 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

Signs of the Times – Legal Action Could be The End of Days for HOAs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 5, 2016 7:35:00 AM

In June of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a small church in Gilbert, AZ in its suit brought against the city for restrictions that limited the display of signs for its services. The Court cited the First Amendment in ruling that city regulations regarding size and display times of signs could not be distinguished by sign content. Whether political propaganda or religious service parking instructions, all signs must adhere to the same sets of regulations.
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Topics: HOA Compliance, HOA

3 Mobile Compliance Must-Haves

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

1. Must be truly mobile: 
Some compliance programs run in a mobile web-browser, which means that internet connection must be strong and uninterrupted for the program to function. An application that is “truly mobile” lives locally in the mobile device.  While true mobile applications may require internet connection to download data and synchronize captured violations, they offer the luxury of working even in rural, remote, or developing areas.  With browser-based mobile website applications, you run the risk of losing your work, or being unable to continue working when your connection is weak.  With a true mobile application, you have the stability and versatility of working offline and syncing with the main database later.

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Topics: Property Management, Mobile App, uManage, HOA Compliance

Ditch the Paper and Pen, Automate HOA Violations

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Mar 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

When it comes to streamlining and becoming more efficient, automation is key. Most managers are ditching the old pen and paper method of HOA violations capture in favor of today’s software solutions and mobile apps. If you aren’t using a platform (that you like) now, then you should be shopping for one. Consider these points of automation in comparison to pen and paper:

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Topics: Software, Mobile App, HOA Violations, automation, HOA Compliance

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 28, 2015 8:00:00 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

Signs of the Times – Legal Action Could be The End of Days for HOAs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In June of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a small church in Gilbert, AZ in its suit brought against the city for restrictions that limited the display of signs for its services. The Court cited the First Amendment in ruling that city regulations regarding size and display times of signs could not be distinguished by sign content. Whether political propaganda or religious service parking instructions, all signs must adhere to the same sets of regulations.
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Topics: HOA Compliance, HOA

Software has Transformed My Self-Managed HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jul 15, 2015 7:30:00 AM

I became a board member of my HOA two years ago, not quite sure what I was getting myself into. All I knew is that I wanted to improve my community, the board had open seats, and I had a few architectural requests that could use favorable votes. Two years later, the board has transformed its operations by adopting uManage to keep track of activities and crack down on persistent compliance issues, and has set up an eUnify resident portal to take online payments and facilitate communication with homeowners.
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Topics: Software, Property Management, uManage, resident portals, Accounting Integration, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance

Streamlining HOA Compliance and HOA Violations

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jun 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

HOA Compliance enforcement is a core task of property management. As a process, it can be time-consuming, tedious, and difficult to keep track of, not to mention laden with the landmines of homeowner pushback and ignorance of community regulations, and even feuding neighbors. I’ve heard a number of anecdotes from property managers, who take the brunt of resentment held by a small number of their residents for the rules. Fortunately, there are really great tools available to property managers to help streamline inspections and enforcement, saving time, keeping track of escalation, and communicating more effectively with homeowners.

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Topics: Software, Mobile App, HOA Violations, automation, HOA Compliance