RE: Using Real Estate Agents
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 09:12:40 -0500
The only time a real estate agent was involved in a house sale at Sharingwood 
was when a home was forclosed on by the bank. The first realator was clueless 
and gave up, saying this place was too weird to ever sell. The second one 
investigated cohousing, got excited about it, but didn't really understand how 
to promote or sell it. So we approached her and made a deal that if we found a 
buyer we would split the commission. She agreed, we found a buyer within a 
week and bought some stuff for the commonhouse with the proceeds.

The thing that sells homes in our neighborhood is the community. We take 
people into our homes, we invite them to parties and dinners, play with their 
kids, etc. A realator can't do that. 

Rob Sandelin

From:   cohousing-l [at] on behalf of ann zabaldo
Sent:   Wednesday, September 09, 1998 3:22 AM
Subject:        Using Real Estate Agents

Hi all!

Every once in a while I see a little squib from someone about using
real estate agents to sell houses.  What has been your experience?
Were the agent's fees included in your operating budget or were the
commissions paid from contingency fees?  At what point in your
development process did you use real estate agents?  From the
beginning or when down to the last few houses?  In general, did you
find using agents to be a satisfactory arrangement?  How much
educating did you do w/ various agents?  If you listed on MLS many
different agents can show a house -- did you have any surprises?  Did
you have a trailer on site or did you have "private" showings?

Any other tid bits gratefully accepted.

Thanks in advance!

Best -- Ann Zabaldo
Liberty Village Cohousing (:~
annz [at]

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