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About the Author

Louise S. Machinist is a licensed psychologist, Jean McQuillin is a nurse, and Karen M. Bush is a corporate consultant to Fortune 500 companies. They are three independent women who were once concerned with the cost of living and with the responsibilities of maintaining a home, but now, with coperative householding, their worries have been wiped away. They have been living together happily, but separately, in their five-bedroom Pittsburgh home for over eight years.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985562242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985562243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was an easy and quick read,completely holding my interest. It covered a myriad of topics, all triggering further thought. While it was a excellent resource for evaluating cooperative housing I found it to be an wonderful source in two other areas. It is very thought provoking for some one that is thinking about retiring. Many of the points apply to preparing for retirement regardless of one's relationship status. Retirement is a huge step and often folks retire without seeing the "big picture". It is also a must read for those persons considering a second + marriage when they hold significant assets. Many second+ marriage issues can be avoided by following the tips this book provides. This book should fall under three categories.....cooperative housing, retirement planning and marriage the second+ time around.
You will be glad you read it.

- by Marilyn Sproule, Pittsburgh, PA
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"My House, Our House" is an unusual 3-in-1 book: it's a fascinating story, how-to guide, and self-quiz about "cooperative householding." It's about a different way "for independent people to live together for less," actually buying a home jointly, and living independently but together in harmony. The three women who wrote this book now have seven years of cooperative householding behind them, navigating the hurdles, and emerging with a beautiful shared home, enriched lives, and savings in the thousands. They tell their story with great clarity and humor.

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.]
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Three capable, strong, independent, professiional working women have proven cooperative living is possible and enjoyable if you're willing to co-operate,negotiate,and respect
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.
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A friend and I attended a discussion by the three authors of this book. I found the prospect of cooperative living a great idea as we age. With women living longer than men, wanting to stay in the community with your support system intact, and the cost of owning a home, it makes sense. I appreciate that there are questions that should be considered before deciding if this is right for you.
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If you are planning on sharing a house with friends, this book is one that you will want to read. It certainly helps you in being aware of issues that should be addressed before living together.
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Although a how-to guide to cooperative living, My House, Our House would be useful reading for ANYONE who shares living space.

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.
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Outstanding! I loved it on so many levels......great writing, well edited and sequenced, super info on maintaining workable/reasonable/fair & balanced relationships (of any kind) within a household, entertaining, amusing w/o diluting the importance of the topic(s), personal without being too revealing....a GREAT read for anyone.
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These ladies give a great starter prep to the considerations for cooperative housing. Brought about some good discussion points to begin with others looking into same options.
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