|Re: 6 reasons group fail||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac Thomson (ganeshrmi.net)|
|Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 12:08:40 -0600|
Dear Rob, Awhile back you posted your ³6 Reasons Groups Fail² and I¹ve been pondering reason number 2 since then. It stated: > 2. Trying to find a site without help. Groups often fail at finding a > site, and then don't ever bother to get help with this task for some > weird reason. There are a great number of professional brokers who, for > a fee, will locate property on your spec. I am amazed that cohousers do > not use these services more often. Take a developer to lunch and pick > their brains on how THEY find sites. We have sought some professional help, but to only a limited extent. We decided not to enter into a Buyer-Broker agreement with a real estate agent because we expected that there was a good chance that we would find land through some other source and we didn¹t want to pay the agent ~5% if he/she wasn¹t involved at all in the purchase. We have contacted numerous agents, told them what we want, and agreed to pay their commission (if seller didn¹t offer one) if they found us a piece of land. We¹ve also called all the developers in the Yellow Pages and sent them letters telling them what we¹re looking for and offering to talk about partnering with them. What we haven¹t done is to contract with one professional to go out and find us a piece of land for a hefty fee. We feel that our Site Selection Committee has been effective at identifying all available pieces if they¹re listed or advertised in any way and we even turn up a fair number of unlisted pieces through personal contacts and through sending letters of inquiry directly to land owners based on tax records. Unfortunately, we¹re in a very difficult market (like so many, I guess) in that Durango was ³discovered³ about 5 years ago and prices have zoomed and county planners have become more restrictive. We¹ve been looking for about 15 months. So I don¹t know. Are we going about this wrong? Do you think that we should engage some professional in a different manner, and if so, what kind of professional? Thanks, -- Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado "Have the gumption to live differently AND the sense to let everyone else live differently."
6 reasons group fail Rob Sandelin, January 6 1997
- Re: 6 reasons group fail Mac Thomson, January 23 1997
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