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Wild Apricot News: Wild Apricot's 21st Century Spring Cleaning Strategy for Condo and Homeowners Associations: Go Paperless

Lori Halley  12 March 2009  0 comments

Condo and Homeowners’ Associations can increase efficiency, improve communications and boost member satisfaction with Wild Apricot Website and Membership Management Software.

March 12, 2009 — It's time for spring cleaning. Wild Apricot offers homeowner and condominium associations the perfect way to start: go paperless by creating an online community. Wild Apricot's smart website and membership management software can increase efficiency, improve communications and boost owner and renter satisfaction — all of which can help enhance property values.

What challenges do homeowner associations face? Keeping members up-to-date, dealing with reams of paper forms for routine administrative tasks and managing fees are just a few. Plus, much of the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the association falls on residents volunteering their time and energy. Wild Apricot offers an easy-to-use, extremely affordable solution for dealing with these challenges and more.

"Foreclosures and falling real estate values combined with tough economic conditions continue to squeeze homeowners associations, forcing them to do more with less," says Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot at Wild Apricot. "Smart website software like Wild Apricot helps these associations maximize efficiencies and expand communications. And the best news of all is that it's available for a flat fee starting as low as $25 a month, with no set-up fees or other charges."

Seven Different Online Services for Condo & Homeowners Associations Rolled in One

Wild Apricot puts the functionality of seven different systems into one package, perfect for homeowners associations striving to save administration time and cut expenses:

1.   Website with user-friendly content management tool: Engage residents, owners and other volunteers to showcase your community
2.   Centralized contact database: Track owners/resident contact information and other pertinent information.
3.   Self-service portal for owners/residents: Create the ability to pay annual dues, register for meetings, and connect with others online.
4.   Event calendar and online registration: Manage board meetings, community events and other special events.
5.   Secure online payments capability: Collect fees, rent shared facilities and more all online.
6.   Online community tools: Introduce discussion forums, e-newsletters, and even a community blog.
7.   Secure private web pages: Set up pages for board communications, committees and sensitive information restricted to owners.

Building a Community within Communities

How are HOAs already using Wild Apricot? Here are just a few examples:

  • In Florida, Riverplace 100, a condominium association with 117 unit owners uses Wild Apricot to keep open lines of communications with owners — particularly important since more than half live there only during the winter.
  • Residents in Winnipeg, Manitoba's historic Exchange District are using Wild Apricot to build and protect their community with their R:ED website — they recently saved three heritage buildings from destruction. 
  • Roscoe Village Neighbors offers residents of the Chicago, Illinois community a myriad of information on its website, including a new resident page, an active announcement board and special events.

Read More: 25 Outstanding HOA Software Options for Your Homeowners' Association

Lori Halley

Posted by Lori Halley

Published Thursday, 12 March 2009 at 1:32 PM
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