Re: Informing potential buyers about cohousing
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:50:10 -0700 (PDT)
We’d like to know the same thing!!

We are not individually built but all that is required of home sellers is five 
weeks notice. (We thought homes would sell that fast ha ha ha ha ha ha er hum 

(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill in Berlin, MA

> On Oct 12, 2016, at 5:24 PM, Jean Konzal <jkonzal [at]> wrote:
> The Two Echo Co-Housing Community in Brunswick Maine celebrated its twentieth 
> anniversary this year. Our community is comprised of twenty-one single family 
> homes and three duplexes.  Each home was individually designed following 
> community building guidelines and built by different builders chosen by the 
> owner.
> We are currently reviewing how we inform interested buyers about our 
> community before they buy one of our properties. Our goal is to make sure 
> that all buyers understand what living in a co-housing community is all about.
> When we first formed, people who wanted to buy a building lot had to be 
> approved by the community membership.  However, when they want to sell the 
> house they built on the lot, the transaction is considered a private one 
> between the seller and the buyer. The community does not have to approve the 
> sale. Also, there are no community-wide agreements about how to inform each 
> prospective buyer of what the community expectations are for members prior to 
> the sale.  Our Membership Committee’s charge is to “assist the seller to 
> provide all documents required for full disclosure under the law.”  It is the 
> seller’s responsibility to make sure the buyer receives those documents.
> Recently we have had some experiences that lead us to reconsider this.  We 
> want to know from other co-housing communities with individually built and 
> owned houses how they handle making sure prospective buyers are fully 
> informed about living in co-housing without imposing upon the relationship 
> between the seller and the buyer.
> Looking forward to hearing about your experiences.
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