Re: Informing potential buyers about cohousing
From: Alice Alexander (
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:52:17 -0700 (PDT)
Just this morning I posted a blog on the Coho/US website about my
community's "turnover work," and sharing approaches and policies we have
collected from others, who were generous in sharing their experiences.
Resale Strategies to Address Turnover <>
I'd welcome hearing from others, so we can build this resource!
Alice Alexander, Coho/US Executive Director

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 9:50 AM, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]>

> 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 eh.)
> -Liz
> (The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
> in Berlin, MA
> 508-450-0431
> > 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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Alice Alexander
Executive Director
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