Re: Cost of living after move-in
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:03:19 -0800 (PST)
   It depends on where people are moving FROM also. 
My husband and I moved from an elderly 3 bedroom
single family Victorian home in San Francisco that
required higher utility costs and significant outlays
for maintenence every year to our Cohousing condo
which is newer and built energy efficient and near a
BART station (the subway system in the SF Bay Area) so
we were able to get rid of one of our two cars.  This
did result in some savings in our case.  But for
someone moving from a newer condo in the area it would
not necessarily.
   Buying a home of any kind is a large, scary
transaction in general.  People are either ready to
take the leap or they are not.  I doubt if the perfect
flyer or financial argument will assuage their fears. 
On the other hand using the long lead in time to build
strong social ties to the others showing interest may
go a long way to increasing their desire to make the
leap.  Don't underestimate the value of shared social
activities before move in.
    The bigger benefits are social and you don't even
realize how much that will work for you until you live
in the community for a while.
    Bonnie Fergusson
    Swan's Market Cohousing
    Oakland, CA

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