Re: Alternative financing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hi John —

Someone from Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD is on this list. 
They are one example of contracting out work.  They may not have more renters 
than owners (a very bad condition for financing sales and resales of condos) 
but they do sub out more of the work of the community than we do here.  For 
instance, they have a cleaning contract for cleaning the CH.  We do that 

However, for major work such as tree trimming, electrical, major plumbing, some 
management needs — we do have a management company or we hire out. For example, 
we are having our exterior walls power washed in preparation for painting.   
We’re not doing the power washing ourselves.  Nor are we doing the painting.  
Members have full time jobs and lives.  Striking the balance between what we 
can do ourselves and what needs to be done by others is an art form.

BTW — what community are you with John?

Everyone … a gentle reminder to include your community’s name and location in 
your emails.  I love seeing where cohousing in popping up all over the country 
and the world.

Thank  you!

Best --

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

On Oct 22, 2014, at 10:43 AM, John Goldberg <johngoldberg [at]> 

> Many cohousing communities put a high priority on home ownership vs. renting, 
> and on residents doing chores rather than paying for them to be done. I would 
> like to know if there are successful cohousing communities that have more 
> renters than owner and/or pay for many chores to be done.
> Thank you,
> John Goldberg

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