Re: RFPs and developers
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:37:37 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 19, 2008, at 10:39 AM, Michael Barrett wrote:

At the end of the conversation you can ask them how they would feel about getting an RFP. You are going to have a long person-to-person relationship about things that you care about deeply. Get it started on the right foot.

And I would add that RFPs are very time consuming to fill out. If I were developer who has a lot of business anyway -- and a good person does -- i would refuse. Interactive interviews with the developer, site visits to other projects, and interviews with references, I think, would be sufficient.

I would suggest in person interviews with references because you can read body language and people are more likely to feel more comfortable communicating negative information that way.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC

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