From: Alexander Robin A (
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 14:29:31 -0800 (PST)
You bring up a very important issue. We moved into an already functioning 
co-housing and it did feel very greateful for those who had gone through all 
the incredible amount and variety of work that went into creating what we moved 
into. However, putting a value on the work would not be at all easy, to say the 
least. To some degree, the value exists in the prices of the resulting houses. 
Since co-housings are relatively rare, those who want to move into one pay a 
premium based on scarcity. It's anybody's guess if that price difference is 

Robin Alexander
Eno Commons Cohousing

From: Linda Gluck/Treehouse
Sent: Tue 12/7/2004 5:02 PM
To: Cohousing list serve nat'l

As I'm sure many of you know, fhe first 2-3 years of forming a cohousing
community take mountains of administrative time and energy - finding land,
finding people, working w realtors, lawyers, planning boards, engineers,
architects, financial advisors, and banks as well as developing all
community documents, keeping all parties informed and keeping records of
everything. Our members are doing all this work.
    It seems inappropriate that residents who buy in in the 4th or 5th year
just pay for their unit and their part of what's held in common, and get the
benefit of all the founding work at no charge.
    Do other communities have a way of quantifying that founder
contribution, so that founders are compensated in some way - maybe in
discount on their unit?

Linda Gluck
Ulster County Cohousing (in formation)

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