Our Top Picks

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AppFolio
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Member database
AppFolio is designed to help property managers automate their operations. With the built-in maintenance module, it's possible for HOA residents to fill out maintenance requests online and track the status of those requests. Board members can also request repairs to common areas, schedule inspections, and keep track of work orders. Accounting tools give HOA boards the option of collecting payments online, initiating collections for unpaid dues, and charging tenants in bulk for shared services. AppFolio also has marketing tools to help property managers advertise vacancies, including a vacancy dashboard, a rent-comparison tool, and the ability to set up marketing campaigns for vacant units.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Real-time reporting to help board members make decisions
  • Owner portal makes it easier to track owner contributions

Cons

  • No event-management features
  • No free trial

Summary

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AppFolio
  • Starting Price
    • Appfolio Property Manager
    • RESIDENTIAL: $1.25/month/unit
    • COMMERCIAL: $1.50/month/unit
    • COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS: $.80/month/unit
    • STUDENT HOUSING: $1.25/month/unit
    • Plus
    • RESIDENTIAL: $3.00/month/unit
    • COMMERCIAL: $3.00/month/unit
    • COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS: $.8
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Calendar Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Member database
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Bazinga
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Committee management
Bazinga is designed specifically for multiunit communities, giving HOA boards access to a variety of helpful tools. The Basic plan comes with private and group messaging capabilities, unit and owner lists, and the ability to post community notices. Bazinga Pro includes everything in the Basic plan plus a ticketing system, custom forms, community polling, and amenity management. Users also have access to Bazinga! University, a knowledge base with information on building communities. Bazinga has several features to help with HOA management, including committee management, calendar management, event management, and the ability to create member and property databases.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Access to in-depth videos on community building
  • Basic package makes HOA management affordable for small communities

Cons

  • Ticketing system only available with Pro plan
  • No free demo available

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Basic: $15/month
    • Pro: $50/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    60-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Calendar Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Committee management
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Buildium
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Reports
Buildium has a variety of features across three categories: accounting, leasing, and business operations. Built-in accounting tools make it easier for board members to keep track of an HOA's finances, accept online payments, and monitor business expenses. The accounting module also enables users to track cash payments and send out 1099 forms to vendors each year. The leasing module has several helpful features for HOAs, including the ability to schedule showings and screen potential residents, while the business operations module makes it easy to store documents, create work orders, schedule property inspections, and make sure all residents have the required insurance coverage on their units.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Resident site for payments and maintenance requests
  • Makes it easy to compare property revenue with expenses

Cons

  • No committee, calendar, or event management features
  • No free demo

Summary

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Buildium
  • Starting Price
    • Essential: $50/month
    • Growth: $160/month
    • Premium: $460/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Calendar Management
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Reports
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Condo Control
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Event management
Condo Control is designed to reduce paperwork while making it easier to communicate with residents. The Core and Premium plans include several features to enhance communication, such as announcements and a digital bulletin board. Upgrading to the Premium plan also gives users the ability to set up a private discussion board and accept classified ads from residents. For HOA boards that want to make their communities more attractive to potential residents, the Premium package has features to help with parking management, key management, package tracking, and security logs. Users also have the ability to track work orders, distribute surveys, and set up an events calendar.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Multiple training options available for new users
  • Resident portal for improved communication

Cons

  • Several amenities, including package tracking and key management, only included in Premium package
  • No free trial

Summary

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Condo Control
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Calendar Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Event management
SenEarthCo
SenEarthCo
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Committee management
SenEarthCo is designed specifically for association managers, giving HOA boards the tools they need to address resident concerns and keep their properties in good condition. The software makes it possible to post rules and regulations, contracts, and documents online and control access to them by setting custom role permissions. SenEarthCo keeps track of unit information, making it easier for board members and property managers to understand the maintenance history of each unit and determine if there are any ongoing issues. Admin users have access to a message board designed to share important updates with residents, and the software also makes it easy to create community calendars and newsletters.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Ability to set up robust community website
  • Allows users to communicate directly with maintenance workers and construction vendors

Cons

  • No iPhone/iPad or Android apps available

Summary

SenEarthCo
SenEarthCo
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Calendar Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone during business hours
  • Committee management

How We Chose the Best HOA Software

Many HomeOwners Association (HOA) software vendors offer packages to help HOA boards maintain their properties and grow their communities. With so many options available, it's not always easy for HOA board members to choose one that meets their needs. We evaluated HOA software based on the availability of HOA features, integrations, and detailed reports.

HOA Features

HOA boards have a wide range of duties, from ensuring community members pay their dues to planning special events. Good software should help board members carry out their duties as efficiently as possible, so we looked for packages with plenty of HOA features, including calendar management, event management, and committee management.

Integrations

Serving on an HOA board comes with many responsibilities, including communicating with residents and following the rules laid out in the HOA's governing documents. Integrating HOA software with other tools can make it easier for board members to carry out these duties, so we looked for HOA software that's compatible with a variety of third-party tools.

Reports

The activities involved in HOA management generate a tremendous amount of data. To use that data effectively, board members must be able to compile custom reports to gain insight into an HOA's financial performance and overall standing. We evaluated HOA software based on the availability of canned and custom reports.