|Re: drop out rate at earnest money time?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 11:24:38 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi - Robert is right - like tends to attract like, at least to look at your community. If you don't have families in your core group, then get some of your friends or family with kids to come hang around events where prospective members are likely to be. And Sharon is also right, get the community location and facilities right. If you are in a decent school district or in an urban area with lots of parks and libraries, talk that up. Look really hard at young first-time homebuyers. They may have time on their hands during development and may bring children into the community after move-in, if not sooner. These folks will be looking for a two-bedroom or larger unit but won't usually be able to spend much. Because it is a condition of my job that I not get involved in selling actual real estate, I always talked to people about community and left selling the land and homes to the developers or other members. I talked as candidly as I could about aspects that are difficult, and aspects that are a gift from the heavens. If you are near an established community, get kids raised in cohousing to come talk to your members and to prospective members about what it is like for kids. My two are brutally frank about the occasional foolishness of adults, but overall definitely positive about cohousing for kids. They also show a lot of the characteristics we were hoping for when we decided to raise them in community - they are comfortable and polite with people of all ages, aware of their effects on others and the world around them, secure inside because they have been able to explore safely in their community environment, and they can advocate for their positions and negotiate conflict fairly expertly (sometimes too well - hence their "jailhouse lawyers" nickname). Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing "Where I hung out at the water table in the courtyard this morning with Miss E, who is about to be 1. Then my kids went to the pool with her and her mom, leaving me free to chat with you all."
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