Re: Funding structures for purchasing property for retrofit
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 10:50:13 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Maggi!

Congrats to your friends who are starting their coho community!

There’s not enough information in your description of the group for me to 
formulate a good response.

Can you tell the list a little bit more about the group and its model or plan 
for this retrofit development?

Are they buying up homes on a block?  Buying a single building?  Combination 
buying housing stock and building new homes?

Have they put together a financial package to show the lending institutions?

Most importantly … are they working w/ a cohousing professional to guide their 
process?  If not, do you think they would consider working w/ a cohousing pro?  
This can be a game changer for any forming group.  Working w/ a professional 
just relieves the stress, anxiety and gnarliness of development especially 
around funding.

Looking forward to hearing more about this newly forming group. 

Best —

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA
zabaldo [at]

Good judgment comes from experience.  And experience?  That comes from poor 

NOTE:  I’m switching back to using zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!

> On Nov 6, 2021, at 12:16 PM, Maggi <librarymaggi [at]> wrote:
> I have a friend who is developing a community in Ohio. They have a bunch of
> interested folks but they're having trouble getting banks to loan them
> money. Do you recommend any property lawyers or banks who are experienced
> at dealing with communities?
> Thanks!
> Maggi Rohde
> Touchstone Cohousing, Ann Arbor, MI, est 2005
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