Re: Developer Model of Co-housing
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2015 06:12:19 -0700 (PDT)
Represent both sides?  Actually, conventional architectural practice requires 
exactly that.  In the front end of the job, the architect is working for the 
owner, collecting fee for doing a design and contract documents.  But once a 
general contractor is hired, and construction begins, the architect impartially 
administers the project and the deal, ensuring that both parties — owner and 
contractor — get treated fairly according to the terms of the contract s/he 
wrote.  Even as s/he continues to collect fee from the owner, and is prohibited 
from receiving any consideration from the contractor.

Does this really work?  Well, that’s another conversation …

R Philip Dowds
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> On Sep 4, 2015, at 1:30 PM, Sue Ellen Hiers <ncdl [at]> wrote:
> Just want to say that everyone involved is reputable including the co-ho 
> consultant. I'm just not sure that it is possible for the co-ho consultant to 
> represent clients on both sides of this transaction (property owner and 
> non-owners). My expectations were forged from years of reading about co-ho as 
> a gathering of a group of people who would then pool their money to buy 
> property. This developer model throws in a power imbalance that is very 
> confusing for me to know how to navigate. 
> Regards, Sue Ellen 

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