Re: Property Managers in Cohousing
From: Christine Johnson (
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:30:29 -0800 (PST)
Like Holly Wilder, formerly Holly McNutt, I'm a property manager, aka a "community manager". Holly is correct that the best fit for a hire would be a manager who knows cohousing. Ideally s/he would know cohousing from the inside out.

Arthur Okner asked about going to professional management when needs for getting work done exceed the desire/capabilities of members to get it all done. Suggest that you may find suitable candidates from among managers who have or wish to retire from portfolio management.

Typically management companies employ community managers who manage multiple communities (i.e., a portfolio of accounts) and it's not uncommon that a portfolio manager works 45 plus hours per week just to stay current. The principal reason that an HOA or COA Board ends up unhappy with professional management is because management appears to lack competence, is not conscientious, doesn't respond appropriately or in a timely fashion. Why? In many instances the manager is simply over worked; they cannot attend with care to each and every request in addition to staying on on top of routine business.

Managers who don't burn out around year 3 (the typical short span) and get to retirement age, would be good prospects for part-time engagement.

Your local Chapter of the Community Associations Institute may have offer job listing site. The Chapter's Executive Director may be able to offer you some suggestions on finding candidates. The National Community Associations Institute at offers links to the local Chapters.

Christine Johnson, PCAM, CAAM
Stone Curves Cohousing
Tucson, AZ

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