RE: Re: Peace, Justice, and Marketing (was EMERGENCY INTERNATIONAL VIGIL]
From: Alexander Robin A (
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 07:38:49 -0700 (PDT)
At Eno Commons, we rarely have any problem selling units when they become 
available. That's because we have a wonderful man, Robert, who keeps on top of 
our website - lots of info about the community and listings of units that are 
available. My wife, dog and I had to move out recently for health insurance 
reasons and as soon as our house was listed we had about six people interested. 
It sold right away. The smaller houses can take longer to sell. Robert also 
gives tours regularly so interested folks can find out about the community, 
attend a meeting and or meal and look at the available houses if they like.

We originally moved in because of the EC web site. So from my experience, if 
you don't have an active informative web site that includes available units, 
you're shooting yourself in the foot. Regular marketing channels for cohousing 
units are not nearly as effective because people move in due to being 
interested in cohousing more than being interested in the particular house.

Robin Alexander
formerly of Eno Commons

From: Sharon Villines
Sent: Mon 6/20/2005 9:33 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Re: Peace, Justice, and Marketing  (was EMERGENCY 

On 6/20/05 8:13 AM, "Dave and Diane" <daveanddee [at]> wrote:

> Recently we have had a unit for sale at JP cohousing. I have been
> knocking myself out running ads in the Boston Globe, holding Open
> Houses, and doing the whole nine yards. None of the people who came
> through followed up.

This is a typical cohousing experience. Except that both renters and sellers
at Takoma Village have had good luck with Craig's list. The most recent
selling her unit for the asking price (market rate) in 5 hours.
> This past week, a woman who came by to pick up her CSA veggie box (we
> are a drop-off site) saw the flyer and went over to see the available
> unit. She fell in love with it, loved the group, and came back the
> following night to join.

This is the market so flyers work best. Put them up in food coops, Unitarian
Churches, chiropractors offices, at health food festivals, etc.

> As you can see, peace and justice activities are right up there under
> education as the top cohousing-related priority in our group. Does that
> indicate that more peace-and-justice activities should be announced on
> this list?  

I like this list to focus on cohousing. There are other lists for other
interest areas and most of us are already receiving announcements we are
interested in.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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