For Real Estate Agents

Prepare your client for Daybreak

Our households don’t decide who will live at Daybreak—that’s between the seller and buyer of the individual units. This means it’s up to prospective buyers to thoroughly get to know the facilities, grounds, people and vision at Daybreak. Since we are a self-managed community, it’s especially important to understand both what residents expect from the community, and what the community expects from residents. Clear expectations are the key.

What qualities and skills help people thrive in cohousing?

Community-minded

Their focus and actions are guided by community well-being, with a smaller emphasis on individual wants and desires.

Deliberate

Considers and seeks understanding about various points of view rather than expecting uniform opinion; is tolerant when their ideas are challenged.

Aware and self-aware

They notice what’s happening in the community; have a realistic sense of how they are perceived and how their behavior, attitudes and communication impact others.

Conscientious

They take commitments seriously and want to do things well when community life and work impacts others.

Actively participants

Proactively makes opportunities for, and participates in, the life of the community.

Easy-going

Is flexible, collaborative, curious and works well with others. Humility, resilience and good communication skills are beneficial.

 

Some sample questions your clients could ask

Work Agreement 

Practical matters

  • How does the residents’ listserv, private website and calendar work? How else do people communicate about community matters?
  • How does the meal program work?
  • How does the Common House and guest room laundry work?
  • How does the guest room work?
  • Where do kids play at Daybreak?
  • How many pets are at Daybreak and how is that going?
  • If you want to do something like host a private, or family party in the Common House, how does that work?
  • Who gets to use the workshop, yoga studio and other specialized areas in the Common House?  For what purposes?
  • Do people borrow things from the kitchen, workshop or other common spaces to use in their own unit?
  • How does parking work?
  • How does recycling work?

Living in community

  • How did you decide Daybreak was a good fit for you?
  • Did settling in at Daybreak go how you expected it would? What surprised you as you settled in? What adjustments did you make when you began living in community?
  • What part of living in community is challenging for you personally?
  • What kinds of other challenges do you notice in the community?
  • How do people give and take feedback?
  • What happens when there’s a conflict in the community?
  • What kinds of traits and habits do you think makes someone well-suited to living in cohousing?
  • How do you think people idealize living in cohousing?
  • What kinds of things tend to take new residents by surprise?
  • How much socializing is there?
  • Does everyone know everyone else well?
  • How does Daybreak relate to the Overlook neighborhood?
  • Are there rules for visitors and guests?
  • What are the bylaws and agreements about renting, subletting, long-term guests or roommates?
  • What are team meetings like?
  • What are plenaries like?
  • What is the budget decision-making process like?
  • What is the consensus decision-making process and how does it work? How does it reflect the values of the community?
  • What do you like or dislike about the facilities and grounds?
  • What do you like or dislike about how decisions are made?
  • Is there anything about the history of the development that’s good to know?
  • Is there anything about the history of the financials that’s good to know?
  • Is there anything about the history of the policies or decision-making process that’s good to know?

Just as a home is more than a house, cohousing homes are more than a condo

Coordinate your showing with a member of our Membership Team and gain access to the Common House.

Encourage your clients to visit community events at least three times before making an offer.

Mention Daybreak to people aspiring to leave a smaller footprint. 

Recommended reading: Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, by Kathryn McCamant