Re: appraisals
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:21:04 -0800 (PST)
Hi Holly and all —

I would like to see in writing the extra charge for this.  I would like this 
guy to defend his extra charge.

My thinking about this and other charges we hear about is that this is just an 
excuse to charge more for the same service.  Or not to lend at all — even when 
the same lender already placed a mortgage for the same property previously.

Just excuses!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA

On Feb 1, 2014, at 1:10 PM, Holly Wilder <hollywilder23 [at]> wrote:

> I meant that the appraiser wants to tack on an additional fee for his 
> services based on the fact that it's in a cohousing community.  We all KNOW 
> there is greater value, I just don't think the appraisal should cost more.  
> Anyone have to pay extra for that when they purchased?
> Holly Wilder
> Visionary Properties LLC
> hollywilder23 [at]
> (303) 517-4180 cell
> On Feb 1, 2014, at 9:18 AM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah wrote:
>> Does it being cohousing add to the value? Of course, if that's an amenity 
>> you want. 
>> If you buy a lot-and-house at RoseWind Cohousing, in Port Townsend WA, where 
>> I live, you not only get the house and 5000 sq ft lot, but 4.5 acres of 
>> common lands, a beautiful big common house to use,  big vegetable garden, 
>> some orchards, berries, bees, playground swingset, equipment you can borrow, 
>> and best of all, 40+ neighbors who then consider you part of their 
>> community, some of whom are apt to quickly become your friends. Not like 
>> "just" buying a house. This is especially valuable to anyone moving here 
>> from some other area. 
>> Keeping all this up costs money: our operating and reserves budget comes to 
>> about $1000 a year per household, our assessments. For county tax appraisal, 
>> our properties seem to be "worth" about $45K more than comparable single 
>> lots. As resales, mostly ours go for about market value of comparable 
>> non-cohousing properties, as I look back over the years. If we only have one 
>> resale available, it may sell for more. Often we have none, as is the case 
>> now. 
>> But it certainly doesn't strike me as inappropriate that a property should 
>> be asking more, even a lot more, because of the amenities, tangible and 
>> intangible, of cohousing, especially in communities which have already 
>> evolved into going concerns. 
>> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
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