Re: A question about resold units
From: Lautner, Patricia (
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 04:52:01 -0800 (PST)
We have a transfer fee written into our by-laws.  We've never evoked this fee 
because it only applies when a unit makes a substantial gain over their 
original purchase price.  It think it's written that, if the unit sells for 20% 
higher than the original purchase price, the community will get 1% of the 
amount over 20%.  This makes the fee more symbolic than anything.  The 
probability of any real money being gained these days is small.  We wrote this 
policy at the height of the housing market where some members had earned double 
what they paid for their homes prior to moving into community, so that money 
seemed real back then.

A word of warning though, the Fair Housing Commission sited the transfer fee as 
one of the reasons they denied us certification.  

JPCohousing, Boston. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Shari Hirst [mailto:sharihirst13 [at]] 
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:35 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: [C-L]_ A question about resold units

ElderGrace is now Sand River Cohousing.  We decided a more upbeat name was 
needed for active Seniors.

Our by-laws state that when a unit is resold, a Transfer Fee can be assessed to 
the new owner.  This fee goes to the Reserve Fund.  I would like to know if 
other communities have this in their by-laws, and if they do, what do they 

We are in New Mexico, but I was told that this Transfer Fee was in the by-laws 
of other states.

Any feed back is appreciated.

Shari Hirst
sharihirst13 [at]
Sand River Cohousing
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