500 Communities Syllabus

PROGRAM MONTHLY TOPICS

Our Program trainees are given extensive time and accompanying materials to delve into these focused topics with Founder Katie McCamant, whose 30+ years of experience in the field award the class a wealth of knowledge.

Twice monthly class webinars, one-on-one calls with Katie and guided materials, videos and templates hosted on our Program Educational Platform form the basis for the 500 Communities learning process.


SEPTEMBER

Overview of the development process: How you get paid, understanding where the money is in the budget, what tasks can be hired out elsewhere, and defining your role to take advantage of your strengths.

OCTOBER

Building your market: marketing and outreach.

NOVEMBER

Site search, project feasibility, and negotiating property purchase agreements.

DECEMBER

How to approach local developers: Why would they be interested, and how do you pitch it?

JANUARY

Group formation: How do you actually form a cohesive group and move them into an organized structure?

FEBRUARY

Setting up a project budget.

MARCH

Understanding the cash flow to get a project off the ground.

APRIL

Investment structures.

MAY

Marketing & Membership: Training your community to market and integrate new members.

JUNE

Working through political approvals and training your community to lobby for the project.

JULY

Mortgages, Fannie Mae, FHA, Appraisals and HOA’s: What you need to know about getting mortgages for your buyers.

AUGUST

Construction management, options and upgrade systems, and keeping a construction project on budget.

Graduation! At the end of the course, you become an officially “Certified Cohousing Consultant” and are encouraged to continue the collaboration by becoming a CoHousing Solutions Affiliate.