Re: Right of first refusal
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 21:19:24 -0700 (PDT)
Our community passed on the right of first refusal since it seemed unlikely
we would have, or be willing to raise,  the assets in order to actually
secure the purchase, thus it would serve no real purpose.  We hoped we would
never have such a disgruntled owner selling to someone they knew to be a
huge problem. There is little way to really know what an incoming person
will really do, all you can do is speculate, based on whatever impressions
or information you get, information is often pretty limited, which makes all
new owners an unknown.  It might be better to have a strong recruitment and
outreach system that honestly and clearly shows and explains the communities
functions and expectations and cultures right up front to all incoming
interested parties. This way you have a good means to really screen out
folks that would not want to live in such a place.  Over the years people
have moved into my community that have been huge assets to the group, modest
liabilities, or just kind of neutral.  Often it takes a year or so to really
understand the impact of any particular new person, and of course, over that
time, and all their time in community, they have potential to learn and
change and grow. 

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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