|Affordable Housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jane Harper (jkharpertelus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:59:57 -0800 (PST)|
Hi, We are starting to creating two community-based neighbourhoods in SW British Columbia - Sea-to-Sky Corridor (Whistler) and Sunshine Coast (Sechelt). We anticipate that 25% of our members will be downsizing. After purchasing a smaller, less expensive unit in our community-based neighbourhood, many will want to put their "leftover" real estate profit $ back into a solid real estate investment. To provide them with such an investment, AND to meet our goal of a multigenerational community (with no more than 1/3 seasoned citizens), we are considering the following ideas: 1. Create an in-house private mortgage fund from the real estate profits (above) and/or other investors who champion cohousing, but cannot/will not at this time become members. The fund would be ONLY for young professional singles/couples and young families who cannot "quite" make the grade for a commercial bank mortgage. A banker-friend here says this is easy to set up and implement. 2. We also plan to set up a rent-to-own program for the rental portion of our community (target 25%). The members who have come from downsizing buy their own unit and part of/all of one of the rental units. Or we could set up an in-house company that, upon initiation of our community-based neighbourhood, owns all the rental units, which over time get sold? Anyone have experience with either of the above? I know these are not new ideas in the real estate world. Janey ------------------------------ Message: 2 Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:16:52 -0500 From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ affordable housing Message-ID: <45A47371-5F8E-405D-B6E2-914F3C914517 [at] sharonvillines.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 > Ty Albright <tmalbright [at] verizon.net> > Cash rules - cash is king - sorry - just the way the world works > despite all best intentions or effort. Call it unjust - but this does > not change reality. I wonder about the practice in Chinese communities in NYC of a group loaning their money to one person to build a business. Then that person pays back the money so the second person can start a business. Thus there are two people loaning to the central fund. The process goes faster as more businesses are established. Eventually everyone is established. That kind of thinking might bring up some solutions. I think the city ? unless it is destitute ? is unlikely to be doable location. But perhaps if the city is giving away buildings to get them back on the tax rolls. But if they are habitable, a developer will snap them up with cash. The issue with various income levels is how wide the spread can go comfortably. A friend has been teaching in a British school in Bejing. Her daughter was a student there and mixing with extremely wealthy Chinese families. They loved her daughter and invited her on trips and to parties, etc. The daughter loved it, but her expectations were going in a direction that would cause a lot of conflict when she was old enough to understand that she would never be ?equal? in that situation. She also didn?t not like the values they were teaching her daughter. Sort of like we are wealthy because we are better than "those people.? Education is another issue. I?m sure (but have not confirmed) that everyone here has graduated from college and many have graduate school or some kind of post graduate professional education. Some people with college degrees are uncomfortable with me having been a professor. I?ve learned just to not talk about it. But that cuts off 25 years of my life. How would people without college educations feel in that mix? My son and his wife did not attend college and live in the same neighborhood where they grew up. They have lots of friends, all from high school, and they have birthday parties or cookouts every weekend. Same crowd. They don?t read newspapers or books. Or even watch the news on TV. With their friends it would be wonderful for them to have a cohousing community (though they sort of have one now) but not if it were peopled by college graduates or professionals like psychiatrists and economists. The college graduates would welcome them but they wouldn?t welcome the college graduates. If the stretch was comfortable, cohousing communities would be more socioeconomically diverse. One of the factors that led the NYTimes to endorse Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar is that they ?feel? lower middle class. They have kept the sensibilities and understand them. Other candidates have not. It means something to people. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines, Historic Takoma Park, Washington DC Where all roads lead to Casablanca ------------------------------ Subject: Digest Footer _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://L.cohousing.org/info ------------------------------ End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 192, Issue 19 ********************************************
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