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|From: Kathryn-Jane Hazel (k.j.hazelshaw.ca)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:23:57 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Ann: I’m the chair of the Public Relations Team at Pacific Gardens Cohousing Community in Nanaimo, B.C. The PR Team looks after sales and rentals here. To answer your questions: 1. We have not used any the material from your website, but have developed our own - which shares some similarities! 2. We are in the process of instituting sales and rental agreements for our cohousing community. There have been some concerns about charging a fee for sales and rentals assistance, which we are currently exploring through our consensus process. In the meantime we have had two sellers who are donating the sales fee to the community anyway, and we need to make a determination as to whether those funds will go into our operating budget or a community chest for special projects. It is a work in progress! 3. We ask potential members to attend one of our many social events, and also a meeting, preferably a community meeting. We also ask that they participate in what we call a cohousing conversation, an informal discussion of expectations that also provides prospective members with the opportunity to ask questions about what it is like to live in cohousing. We try to get a representative sample of community members - young, old, single, married, with children, renters, long-time and new members. We’re still fine-tuning the process, but we’ve found it generally works well and is appreciated by those exploring living in our community. 4. Many of these initiatives were instituted recently. To give some background: our community was built during the boom of 2007-2008, and then we had to sell during the recession. As a result, for many years we had unsold units we had to rent out to survive financially. It is only within the last two years that the final units were sold, and we have started, as Diana Leafe Christian says, to “narrow the gateway” to living at Pacific Gardens, so that people who purchase here are a good fit for the community. Before we did this, we had some unfortunate experiences with people who, on the surface seemed like they would make good members of the community, but because we did not have something like our cohousing conversations to clarify expectations, created a great deal of conflict and dissension and eventually left. It’s been a tough learning experience. Happily now, though, because we have a better screening process, plus a new vision and mission statement, those who choose to live here have a better understanding of what to expect - and willingly accept it. We even have the beginnings of a short waiting-list - a first for us! Cheers, Kathryn Chair, Public Relations Team Kathryn-Jane Hazel #210-347 Seventh St. Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 1E3 k.j.hazel [at] shaw.ca <mailto:k.j.hazel [at] shaw.ca> www.pacificgardens.ca
Resales and Rentals Ann Zabaldo, February 15 2020
- Fwd: Resales and Rentals Kathryn-Jane Hazel, February 20 2020
- Re: Resales and Rentals Fred-List manager, February 21 2020
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