Re: Referral Fees?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 19:03:15 -0700 (PDT)
Craig -- waaaay back in 1996-98 when I was a partner at Liberty Village Cohousing we did offer members $1,000.00 if they referred someone who joined. I don't believe anyone ever took advantage of this offer and it was dropped or more accurately simply faded away. My guess is that members of the group don't need motivation to refer people.

This idea of offering referral fees to people outside the community is an interesting one. I hope it proves fruitful and meshes well w/ the cohousing "way" (whatever that means!) For groups far from population centers this could be a very good way to get the word out about their community and in turn help individuals looking for a community find a match for themselves.

I'm for whatever works.

Best --

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On Jul 12, 2006, at 4:19 PM, Craig Ragland wrote:

I have not, yet, heard from anybody who has actually tried referral fees - although many cohousing units have been placed on the commercial real estate
market, with those associated "finder fees."


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Craig Ragland <craigragland [at]>
Date: Jul 8, 2006 9:15 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Referral Fees?
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>

I was wondering if people had experience using referral fees?

In looking at the archives, I found this ad from 2003:

--------------OLD 2003 LISTING----------------

Send someone to Colorado Springs Cohousing, earn $1,000

Louise Conner or Casa Verde Commons (Colorado Springs, CO) writes:

We will pay any cohouser outside our community who sends us a homebuyer a
reward of $1,000. The buyers you refer to us need to tell us that you
sent them our way. That's all there is to it! [if any of you reading this
happen to buy, please do say that Coho/US sent you! We need the dough.
Other donations also welcome.] <http://>

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