Re: Attracting families to already existing cohousing communities
From: David Heimann (
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:37:05 -0800 (PST)


Recently we ran into a similar issue when we had a two-bedroom unit for sale. Two single women (not a couple nor related, but friends) wished to purchase the unit jointly and reached an agreement with the owner. However, they couldn't find a bank who would give them a mortgage.

We do have one household who helps out their finances by having a roommate in one of their two bedrooms. However, I'm not sure whether this was mentioned as an expectation to the bank that lend them their mortgage.

David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:32:29 -0500
From: Ellen Keyne Seebacher <elle [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Attracting families to already existing     cohousing
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On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 02:31:40AM -0800, Marganne Meyer wrote:

I've always figured if you have a 3-bedroom house but no one can
afford it, you find someone who can live there as an owner and rent
one or two of the bedrooms out so there would be funds for the loan.

Banks don't seem to like that these days. :(

(We have several four-bedroom homes with in-law suites, and figured
extended families or unrelated groups might purchase together if
nuclear families didn't.  Hasn't happened, in part because stiff
mortgage requirements have scared off several potential buyers.)

Ellen Keyne Seebacher                   elle [at]


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