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My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household Paperback – June 15, 2013
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You will be glad you read it.
- by Marilyn Sproule, Pittsburgh, PA
The book presents all the planning, second-guessing, and emotional concerns that these three experienced in selling their existing homes, seeking a suitable house to jointly buy, deciding how to divide it into common areas and private spaces, dealing with the legal issues of shared habitation, financing, insurance, utilities, daily expenses, etc., and creating agreements among three diverse personalities, careers, and personal relationships. They now hold a 3-way traditional bank mortgage, have a general partnership agreement to protect their heirs, and have drawn clear lines that enable a harmonious household. Their experience shows you how to do the same.
A valuable feature of this book is an informal quiz: "Is Cooperative Householding for You?" Your responses to the 30 questions will tell you quickly whether you are hopelessly pipe-dreaming or are a serious candidate to "live far better for far less in a cooperative household," as the book's subtitle says.
[Disclosure: I edited this book, which is why I know it so well. This is not a paid review, but a knowledgeable one. "My House, Our House" is a succinct and colorful story and in my view is the best book available on its topic.]
your house mates. Patience and a good sense of humor help too! What is left out about their personal lives is as significant as the details included. Confident, but not
cocky, and not given to self-promotion or bragging. The information, insights, and questions at the end of the book make it a thorough "how to" guide book.
Anyone in any type of relationship or living arrangement can learn from this story.
The book is well organized, well written, and easy to read. It is more than a list of do's and don'ts. The authors tell the story of the house they bought and the home they made of it. There is even a menu from one of their Thanksgiving dinners.
There is much practical information about questions to ask, boundaries to set, and other nuts and bolts of making this type of living arrangement work. However, the authors also make it clear that serendipity was part of their decision. They were doing a drive by tour of houses for sale, when one of them impulsively made a left turn down an especially pretty street. There was a small "for sale by owner" sign. It stood in front of their dream house.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book! Really great if your considering a "alternative living arrangement".Published 6 months ago by Kimberlie R.
A really excellent book that is a good starting point into a Co-op living venture.Published 6 months ago by Vic
Publisher is really missing out; educated boomers are the "Kindle Generation". Unbelievable.Published 11 months ago by Musele
Pleasant book that covered a lot of aspects of a group of women getting together to form a household. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Walter E. Obrien
great read, loads of information, looking to multi-dweller ownership in the very near future!Published 13 months ago by Linda C Brown
I’ve heard of a commune, a kibbutz, a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend, and, of course, a “mother-in-law” apartment. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann K. Howley
This made me understand better why I enjoy living alone. There is so much to consider at a time when one wants to ratchet down the complications.Published 17 months ago by J. Hayes
It is a fun read, and, at the same time, VERY helpful as far as documents and legalities. It also helped me decide NOT to try this, as I am about 10 years older. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nancy D. Walker