Re: Do you really need a developer?
From: Joani Blank (
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 00:37:13 -0700 (MST)

Those who have dealt through a developer and paid that developer, what exactly did you pay for?

Some of the things groups pay a developer for:

1. (Sometimes) Finding a site
2. Obtaining (and sometimes fighting very hard for) preliminary planning approvals. This can be very daunting, especially getting planning departments and city councils to understand what this weird animal we call cohousing is, and whether a community like this even belongs in their jurisdiction!
3. Determining feasibility
4. Seeking out and negotiating construction financing
5. Hiring and supervising the General Contractor and the project manager, and making sure that he or she works as smoothly as possible with the architects and the group., and last but by no means least--- 6. Often taking a substantial risk with his/her own money and that of other investors.

Swan's Market Cohousing

Joani Blank
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