Re: To HIre or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant?
From: Dick Margulis (dickdmargulis.com)
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:19:09 -0700 (PDT)
On 4/21/2019 3:02 PM, frances woolison wrote:


To hire or not to hire a cohousing consultant?


You might consider hiring a housing consultant rather than specifically a cohousing consultant. Broaden your search criteria, in other words. Look for a list of successful projects, and reach out to the person's previous clients for letters of reference.

The consultant you're looking for is someone with expertise in all phases of housing development and who has worked with boards of nonprofits that are populated with inexperienced people like you. Someone whose clients are only experience commercial developers or who has never done housing is probably not the right person.

Ideally, this will be someone who is familiar with the laws in your province and who knows and has good relationships with people--lawyers, bankers, provincial officials and bureaucrats, appraisers, insurers, real estate people--the whole gamut.

What you do NOT want is a self-described cohousing consultant (one lacking the credentials described above) who flies in for a weekend workshop, runs you through some canned exercises, and leaves you with a manual or a vague "Call me if you need anything." That's a recipe for failure.

Best of luck in your search. To your success!

Dick Margulis
Rocky Corner
Bethany CT
http://www.rockycorner.org/

(Building now; a few homes still available.)


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