Re: Getting New Members to Make a Commitment
From: Stuart Joseph (
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 10:23:26 -0700 (PDT)
We are using both of the methods you suggested, the first ten members save $20,000.00 by signing up early and the members get to choose their house lots based upon the date they joined (i.e signed the membership agreement and gave us money).

We aren't worrying about building prices as each member is responsible for their house construction.


Sharon Villines wrote:
On Sep 26, 2006, at 3:11 PM, Pacific Gardens Cohousing wrote:

We can't get financing until we have more
owners and we can't seem to get more owners until we're building. HELP! Have
other cohousing projects faced the same dilemma?

The age old solution is discounts to buyers who sign pre-construction. Then those who come later have to pay more.

The only other carrot is the selection process -- early buyers have a greater choice.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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Caer Coburn, a traditional village based upon  and intentional communities
Rockingham, Vermont, USA

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