Re: Handling Maintenance
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:45:39 -0800 (PST)
On Nov 3, 2014, at 9:08 AM, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> wrote:

> But it’s also a matter of prioritization. A typical household or family might 
> be comfortable with paying 20%, 30%, or (under duress, perhaps) 40% of its 
> annual income on housing.  The mainstream household will spend $X to maximize 
> privatized space: the single family house and yard.  A similar cohousing 
> household will spend a similar $X, but trade off privatized space for some 
> shared amenities.  It’s a different lifestyle choice, not a different budget.

I have a friend with five children who wanted to buy a house large enough for 
them to all have their own room when she converted the attic. It would have 
required her to spend much more than 50% of her budget on house payments. The 
mortgage broker said, "But you wouldn't have enough money to do anything else!"

She said, "What else is there?"

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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