Fair Oaks EcoHousing  A family-friendly green neighborhood

HOW TO JOIN

      

Becoming a member is a self-selecting process.  We allow people as much time as they need in order to decide whether or not cohousing is right for them.  Start finding out by taking this brief questionnaire.  If you can answer "yes" to 10 or more questions, you would likely be a match.  


We provide opportunities to explore the idea and get to know current members of the group.  Call us and we can answer your questions, and come meet us at one of our monthly site tours. 

Steps to Reserve a Home in Fair Oaks EcoHousing

 

1.    To find out about the community, we encourage you to do some or all of the following activities to get to know us:

 

  • Browse this website to find out more about our vision and values, our members, and the community’s design.
  • Attend one of our site tours to see the property and talk with some of our members. Upcoming site tour dates are posted on the website. 
  • Attend a community potluck or social gathering to get to know us.
  • If you plan to get a mortgage, you may contact our project mortgage broker to explore your loan options.  He can follow up with a letter of pre-qualification. 
        Tony Shira, 5th Street Financial Inc.  tony@5thstreetfinancial.net
        Luann Scally luann@5thstreetfinancial.net is Tony’s assistant, and can help you.
        Office (707) 591-0573, Fax (707) 591-0576
  • Wondering about the value of your current house? Contact your realtor or Roz Eliaser (community member and realtor) at 916-599-6549. They can help you find comparable sales and plan for how and when to consider selling your home.
  • Worried about downsizing and how you’re going to get rid of all the stuff: Take a look at the book: Rightsizing Your Life by Ciji Ware.
  • Any one of the current community members would be glad to schedule a “coffee” to help you think through whether this might be the special neighborhood for you.
 

2.    Ready to find out more?  

  
  • Schedule an Orientation Meeting to go over the status of the community’s development, investment structure, how to reserve a home, and any other questions you may have.  You'll receive a Project Overview Handbook chock-full of information ($195 non-refundable fee).
  • The date the community receives the check for your Orientation Meeting holds your seniority spot for home selection and allows you to reserve a specific unit in the Community—to be held as long as you continue to actively fulfill the other requirements for full membership. If you have not proceeded to full membership within 30 days of your orientation, you’ll lose your seniority spot.
  • Read and understand the “Full Member Benefits, Financial Commitments, and Participation” document. 
  • Work with the community members to get answers to your questions and review the community’s documents of interest to you (legal, design documents, meeting minutes, etc.). Community members of specific committees (legal, finance, development, process) will be glad to work with you to make sure you get your questions answered. 
  • Ask about estimated sales prices and which homes are available.


3.    Ready to reserve your spot in the Community?

 
  • Contact Roz Eliaser (916-599-6549) to see what unit types are available and determine which specific unit you want to reserve. (Keep in mind we can’t reserve any unit until you’ve paid for your Orientation Meeting).
  • Read the Financial Disclosure documents. 
  • Invest a minimum of $2,000 to reserve your home.  
  • Read and sign the Full Member Agreement.  By signing the agreement, you will become a member of the Sacramento Suburban Cohousing Group, LLC. 
  • The Membership Team will add you to the email list and give you access to all of the Community’s Key Documents. 
  • As soon as you become a member, you are encouraged to become fully involved, attending community meetings and joining a Committee.