|Re: [C-L] To Hire or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: mmaskall (mmaskallpacbell.net)|
|Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:57:02 -0700 (PDT)|
We at Fair Oaks EcoHousing, located in the Sacramento Suburbs, hired Katie McCamant as our Development Consultant in the beginning. This was our third try, and we wanted to make sure we had all the odds in our favor. I recommend hiring Katie first. She can help your group get off the ground, and she can also help you find the other consultants and developers you need. I give her my highest recommendation. I'm happy to announce that we will be moving into our new homes this coming August/September. We still have one home available - a lovely 4 bedroom townhome. Learn more at www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org <http://www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org> . Marty Maskall, Founder & Future Resident of Fair Oaks EcoHousing Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:48:20 -0400 From: Lynne MARKELL <lmarkell [at] rogers.com <mailto:lmarkell [at] rogers.com> > To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ To HIre or Not to Hire a Cohousing Consultant? You have been getting good answers and I will add. Your question shows that you are floundering and in need a cohousing consultant. As others have said, developing cohousing is complex and more than buying land and building a building. In order to buy land you have to be prepared with a legal organization, cash raised from the members to pay for expenses, a budget, member commitments, pre-approved financing, knowledge of local zoning, etc, basic policies, decision-making system, Equity members will not put up substantial money unless they know what they are getting into, essentially the plan for the cohousing, including what the unit prices will be. We found that the closer we got to a specific site and the more money we required, the more detail new members required. The founders were willing to take more financial risk than later members. To determine costs and to build community, you need someone with cohousing experience, even if a lot of consultation is done by phone or on-line. Some cohousing consultants in Canada (from BC) travel to the group and spent a weekend with the group and local experts. We could not get these same consultants to help us as they were too busy. We were in touch with McCammant and Durrett, but held off. We did hire local non profit developers, but they were new to cohousing and did help us with the people side of the planning. Everyone in our group has acknowledged that we should have hired a cohousing consultant earlier in our process. We also acknowledge that we did not charge enough for equity memberships so we would have had the money to do so. I would say good luck, but you need knowledge and information more than luck. Lynne Markell, Lmarkell [at] rogers.com <mailto:Lmarkell [at] rogers.com> (613) 842-5222
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