Re: Community name and re-sales: Impact?
From: Mariana Almeida (
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:20:27 -0800 (PST)
We have an instance in play right now where our condo, because of the cohousing 
name, is not being certified by FHA. Therefore, this disallows it to be 
eligible for reverse mortgages. At least that is the current way things stand. 

I would suggest "commons" or some such as replacement. What you call yourselves 
in your marketing can have "cohousing" on it, as long as your condo documents 
do not. I think the cohousing will shine through in many other ways no matter 
what you call it.

Mariana Almeida
Berkeley, CA 

> From: Marcia Fein <marciafein [at]>
>To: cohousing-l [at] 
>Cc: Marcia Fein <marciafein [at]> 
>Sent: Friday, February 1, 2013 9:18 AM
>Subject: [C-L]_ Community name and re-sales: Impact?
>We are discussing our community name. Some of our members feel that having the 
>word "cohousing " in our name may slow, deter, dampen, lower property values 
>for, resales. Others believe that it is a good way to attract new members that 
>are truly here for community rather than for real estate/a place to live.
>1. Have you had this discussion? What has been your experience?
>2. Is "cohousing" in your name? Has it affected your community positively? 
>3. Has your community name affected the sustainability of your community 
>and/or its culture over time?
>Please share you thoughts with us, and let us know your where you live. Thank 
>Marcia Fein, Mountain View Cohousing Community (maybe soon Mountain View 
>Commons), SF Bay Area, CA.
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