“Founding members of PDX Commons had read all of the cohousing books, poured over cohousing list-serves and visited existing Portland cohousing projects. We are all smart professionals, including two members with extensive real estate development experience. We don’t need to hire a cohousing consultant; we can figure this out ourselves, right? Wrong! Wrong! And Wrong!
We began working with Katie McCamant in 2013. After two years, we still count on her expertise to keep us out of trouble. Her breadth and depth of cohousing and development experience offered us a unique skill set that has served us well time and time again.
Katie skillfully facilitated our three interactive design workshops with our architects and developers. Her experience knowing what worked and didn’t for other communities helped us make wise choices about our own common areas and individual units.
Katie has learned the cohousing business thoroughly and lived through the deep recession of the late 2000’s. She clearly and steadfastly argues that we need to be aware of our budget and only invest in things that really add value to our project. Her advice is steeped in a rich tea of experience.
Turns out that the investment in Katie has helped our project save time and money in so many ways – giving us templates to start our legal documents, outlining the overall deal structure and helping to negotiate contracts with our consultants.
In addition to all above accolades, Katie is just so fun to work with. She’s always responsive to our questions in a timely manner, good natured, full of anecdotes and flexible. She’s made our why do we need a consultant? naysayers into true supporters of our decision.”
Susan Fries & Lew Bowers
Future PDX Commons Residents