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Advanced Co-housing Techniques

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Lessons from the trenches of a large group house. Advice on buying a house with friends and living with lots of people.

Lessons from the trenches of a large group house. Advice on buying a house with friends and living with lots of people.


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    • 1. Advanced Co-Housing Techniques
      @LeoPD
    • 2. Ingredients:
      5 resident owners
      3 renters
      2 extended guests
      4 cats
      1 puppy
      1 human fetus
      Makes 1 family by choice
    • 3. Live with Friends
    • 4.
    • 5. Plan ahead!
    • 6. Housemate Compatibility Checklist
       Communications
      ☐ Occupancy dates
       Noise levels
       Guests
       Parties
       Food
       House meetings
      • Sex + noises
       Scheduling space
      ☐ Cleanliness
       Utilities
       Parking, neighbors
      ☐ Rooms
       Pets
       Kids
      ☐ Temperature
      ☐ Decor
       Chores
    • 7.
    • 8. Hire a Lawyer
      (While you’re still all friends.)
    • 9. >
      >
      Small
      Friendly
      Bank
      Huge
      Generic
      Bank
      Sleazy
      Mortgage
      Broker*
      *Will assure you he can get you any loan. Will take up lots of your closing time. May ruin your credit score by pulling your credit report dozens of times for loans that don’t make any sense for you. Will not apologize.
    • 10. </buying together>
      <Living together>
    • 11. Governance
      Democracy. Things move slowly, but people are happy.
      Picture of flags
    • 12. http://www.newyorker.com/humor/issuecartoons/2009/10/12/cartoons_20091005?slide=5#slide=5
    • 13.
    • 14.
    • 15. 1 hr
      1 hr 20 min
    • 16. Share food!
    • 17.
    • 18. Accountingsucks
    • 19. Let go
    • 20. Do try this at home.
      http://www.EmbracingChaos.com/community