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How to Have a Successful Community Meeting

How to Have a Successful Community Meeting

March 8, 2014

The earlier you can learn to enjoy meetings, the better, since they will begin before the community itself. Making them productive, while maintaining good relationships takes practice. Here’s a few tips from Activated Villages on how to have a great time facilitating and participating in community meetings (hopefully just in time for the picnic at […]

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Book Recommendation: Living Free off the Grid by Tami Standridge

Book Recommendation: Living Free off the Grid by Tami Standridge

December 7, 2013

Great book I bought about a single mother and her two young children setting off to build their dream off-grid earthship and the lessons that followed. This has a lot of real-life experience with do-it-yourself rammed earth, tires, cob, or dome structures. The book details the years she spent building her home with her kids […]

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Protected: AV Community Property Slide Deck

Protected: AV Community Property Slide Deck

November 25, 2013

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Eminent Domain to Sieze Mortgages?

Eminent Domain to Sieze Mortgages?

August 27, 2013

Richmond, California is attempting, in a first-of-its-kind move, to purchase preforeclosure homes from banks and sell them back to the owners at a deep discount. Of course the banks are fighting this and would rather sell it on the open market, even at the risk of crashing the whole city’s economy. So Richmond Mayor Gayle […]

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“Hobbit House” to be Torn Down

“Hobbit House” to be Torn Down

August 27, 2013

The Hobbit house in England I’ve posted about a couple times on Facebook has been ordered to be torn down because they did not build it with permits–a very real concern when wanting to create something magic on land you purchase. I’ve experienced trouble with something as simple as a yurt when code enforcement required us […]

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Anatomy of a Deal

Anatomy of a Deal

July 15, 2013

Anatomy of a deal… Wanted to show you guys how you can look at an expensive property and see how it could work for your group, provide you work/income and be able to live & own a slice of heaven. This property is 126 acres in North County San Diego with 55 acres of income […]

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Government Grants for Homes

Government Grants for Homes

July 15, 2013

Government grant funds to eligible national and regional non-profit organizations and consortia to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs for low-income persons and families. FREE AND AVAILABLE MONEY TO GROUPS WITH VISION AND THE ABILITY TO ORGANIZE. Check it out […]

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Buying a Mountain

Buying a Mountain

July 15, 2013

I headed up to Utah a few months ago to check out what these 20 somethings were creating. They just leveraged $40,000,000 to buy a mountain with an award winning ski resort. 40 investors lent a million each in exchange for a few acres of land and a payback in 3 years. Have vision people, […]

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Facilitating a Vision

Facilitating a Vision

July 15, 2013

Great evening facilitating a starter community on their visioning of what they are calling in for their new home. Really powerful way for a group to see how aligned their needs and desires are and feel comfortable to take the plunge in co-ownership. We decided to create a purchase agreement with a lease option to […]

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Activated Villages Real Estate Workshop – Part 1

Activated Villages Real Estate Workshop – Part 1

April 17, 2013

Art Pulse invited Jonah Mesritz (real estate) and Elizabeth Hahn (finance) to present a “workshop on leveraging your abundance to acquire community property now.” In these three parts, you can see the experience the entire workshop, and benefit from all of the information offered.

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