Re: What is your Marketing Budget
From: Mary English (
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 18:24:52 -0700 (PDT)
Here is Wasatch Commons in Utah and it is 13 years post move in.

From: Sharon Villines [sharon [at]]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:11 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ What is your Marketing Budget

On 31 May 2012, at 10:51 AM, Mary English wrote:

> As I recall our budget is about $500 here.

Where is here? Are you already moved in or is this pre-construction.

My earlier post referred to post construction since we have been moved in for 
almost 12 years. But pre-move in, our sales were also heavily the result of 
flyers and word of mouth. I'm doing a community tree of where the founders came 
from and so far it is personal contact with friends, coworkers, or someone at a 
party, and flyers and news articles in neighborhood papers. (One person, I have 
to track down because he has since moved.)

The developer did hire a professional, Ann Zabaldo, to field phone calls, get 
news articles placed, etc., in addition to helping develop the community. Early 
on we had a tri-fold brochure/mailer but it was produced in-house and printed 
at the local copy shop in black and white.

One obstacle that is less of a problem now is that many people have heard of 
both heard of cohousing and in a positive way. In 1998, that was not the case. 
They didn't know the word/concept and when you tried to explain it, they heard 

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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