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Chris Kelsey

Chris Kelsey is the Director of Support for eUnify, cloud based property management software. He serves on the board of his self-manage HOA and has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
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Xeriscape Your Community and Home

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Apr 21, 2021 2:46:29 PM

As I type, with the blinds closed, lights off, and A/C blasting, a deadly heatwave is baking the paint off my car in the parking lot. With record heat and prolonged drought as a backdrop, I determined xeriscaping to be a good topic for this blog post. Whether you live in the desert or in greener parts, much of the US is experiencing drought conditions. Xeriscaping is a great way to conserve water, save time, and update the appearance of your home. Let’s take a closer look at what xeriscaping is, what the benefits are, and some things to keep in mind when it comes to your HOA.

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Topics: HOA Landscaping

Think Green! (year-round) with eUnify

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 31, 2021 12:10:41 PM

Let’s look at some ideas for going green in your HOA.

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Going Green, Composting

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Mar 17, 2021 8:15:00 AM

I recently sent out a compliance notice to a homeowner in my community for what I thought was a garbage bin left out in plain view, and in violation of our CC&Rs. I was informed by the homeowner that it was a composting bin, a fact which they served to me with a measure of snark equal to the amount of slop in the bin, I’m sure, along with an implicit accusation that the HOA was not supporting the homeowner going green. Really, the issue is not with composting in this instance; if the bin were placed out of sight, no one would even know about it…or care. However, the homeowner’s attempt to turn the citation into something it wasn’t, an argument about the environment, got me thinking about composting specifically, and in more general terms, how the community might be more supportive of eco-friendly initiatives. I went down the rabbit’s hole researching composting, and even decided to start doing it myself (but there will be no bucket of slop in my yard!). Here’s some of what I learned, and some things for HOAs to watch out for as homeowners “go green”.

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Season of Home Improvements – Tools for the Architectural Committee

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We are less than one month away from the official start of Spring. For homeowners, the change in seasons from Winter to Spring and the renewal that this time represents triggers a desire to rid homes of clutter, finally get around to cleaning behind the refrigerator, and start on home improvement projects. It’s a busy time for community associations both in revamping landscaping and fixtures in common areas, and in fielding architectural review submittals. Now is an important time to nail down your community’s design guidelines and its process in handling these applications, keeping track of history, and performing inspection follow-up to see if applicants who received approval stuck to the plans for their modifications.

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Topics: architecturals

New Year, New Software Part III: Efficiency

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 3, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Here is Part III of our New Year, New Software series.  As a recap, eUnify operates on a model of continual deployment, which means we never stop developing, and we never consider our products to be “finished”. Once or twice every month, a raft of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes is floated to our client base. Our constant commitment to improvement makes us the perfect partner to help you set and achieve important goals. The following is just a sampling of the enhancements we released on efficiency for our users. 

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Topics: Software, eUnify

New Year, New Software Part II: Transparency

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 27, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Welcome back to our New Year, New Software series.  To recap from last week, eUnify operates on a model of continual deployment, which means we never stop developing, and we never consider our products to be “finished”. Once or twice every month, a raft of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes is floated to our client base. Our constant commitment to improvement makes us the perfect partner to help you set and achieve important goals. The following is just a sampling of the enhancements we released in the past few months alone towards transparency.  Here is Part II.

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Topics: Software, eUnify

New Year, New Software Part I: Accountability

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 20, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Each year, New Year’s resolutions mark our hope for the future, and for most of us, represent a degree of magical thinking, as if the mere act of setting a resolution will produce the results we desire. The transition from 2020 to 2021 was highly anticipated and welcomed by all as a means to put some distance between us and the parade of crises that marched on all of last year. However, we learned anew that the passage of time itself isn’t enough to fix problems, that the start of the new year is not a magical line in the sands of fate. The problems of yesteryear, especially when plentiful, tend to spill over that line between calendars. This reality check may be a bit exhausting to experience, and tedious to see in writing, I apologize, but the good news is some simple changes can bring about massive improvements this year. Both in our personal lives and in the workplace, some of the same guiding principles apply when. These are accountability, transparency, and efficiency. Another bit of good news is that you don’t bear the entire burden of making your life and business better alone. Take advantage of synergistic gains in your personal life by surrounding yourself with people who are actively working toward something bigger and better, and in your work life by partnering with the right vendors who can help with the heavy lifting when it comes to clearing the obstacles in your path.

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My New Year’s Resolutions as an HOA Board Member

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 13, 2021 7:40:00 AM

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 2021, 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

2020 and The Future of Work

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 16, 2020 12:54:14 PM

It’s been a wild year. Looking back on the events of the past twelve months it’s hard to believe all of that happened just in 2020; over 300,000 dead, millions unemployed, food insecurity surging 400%, streets filled with protesters, psychological suffering, an election, and the successful development of multiple vaccines with the promise to help restore some of what was lost. Through all this, we had to learn how to live with more distance between friends, family, and coworkers, how to home-school, work remotely, and fight off cabin fever. For most, it’s been a year of stress and uncertainty, pain and loss. I think we’re all ready to put the year to bed and wake up in the new year with brighter prospects. If social media is a reliable indicator of society at large, the good news is that the top trending hashtag on Instagram for 2020 BY FAR is #LOVE. Maybe this wild ride has helped us prioritize what really matters(?). 

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Happy Holidays and the HOA

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Dec 9, 2020 7:30:00 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