Re: Management Software? Smart HOA
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:59:05 -0800 (PST)
> On Mar 1, 2015, at 2:42 AM, Norman Gauss <normangauss [at]> wrote:
> I have been fiddling with the Smart HOA software.  If it were working as well 
> as promoted, I probably would be happy with it.  However, in my opinion, it 
> needs to be debugged more before it will be useful to me.  So far, I have 
> found a few applications which do not work, or else they are so erratic, I am 
> not sure what will happen when I press the button.

What features don't work? A group at Takoma Village is looking at management 
software to replace our website and other things.

I think it's an interesting idea if it has the ability to search keywords, 
export data when you decide to quit using it, ease of posting things like 
minutes, etc., and has email lists. And it doesn't look like a DOS application.

The ones I have been looking at are and 
AtHomeNet has drastically updated their website and I do mean drastically. Four 
months ago it looked like the 1990s. It is now totally current. I'm very 
influenced by design so I wouldn't consider switching to something I didn't 
want to look at. Ugly is ugly. Why waste one's time?

But they still have the Board-centric mentality that all of them have. My Green 
Condo seems to have less. A problem I'm  having with Green Condo is that when I 
talk to them I can't understand the very deep Indian accent. Yesterday I 
thought it was my hearing so I had my granddaughter listen to a voice message 
to see if she could figure out who was calling. "My Green Condo" was not 
decipherable. I finally figured it who it must be by process of elimination. 
They want to show me a demo but insist on walking me through it. I can't 
understand them so I wouldn't be able to ask questions. I haven't bothered.

But Green Condo has many many features that I think could be adapted very 
nicely to cohousing, plus a Give Back program to contribute to a variety of 
organizations internationally that help children. But it may just sound good.

AtHomeNet is very integrated into the CAI structure and sponsors local chapters 
giving them free accounts, etc. But it also charges $2 for each online payment. 
That seems antiquated. Online payments are much more convenient than handling 
paper checks so they should be encouraged. MyGreenCondo has free online 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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