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How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group
October 13, 2012 – 8:44 pm | Comments Off
How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group

Q: My house needs a lot of work, but I just don’t have the time or skills. Is sharing work with neighbors a solution? How can I can do that?

A: I grew up a city girl, …

Questionnaire for Co-Owners of a Home or Duplex
October 13, 2012 – 8:28 pm | Comments Off
Questionnaire for Co-Owners of a Home or Duplex

Use of this Questionnaire:  This Questionnaire is a tool to help co-owners talk through the details of their shared property ownership.  The answers to these questions could help lay the groundwork for a more detailed …

Launching the Slow Homes Movement
October 11, 2012 – 9:30 pm | 2 Comments
Launching the Slow Homes Movement

I recently drove through Lakewood, a city 10 miles south of Los Angeles, just to see for myself what it looked like. Lakewood is a quintessential “fast homes” community – the housing equivalent of a …

Holding Title to Shared Property
October 10, 2012 – 8:50 pm | Comments Off
Holding Title to Shared Property

Tenancy in Common (TIC)
When you own property as tenants in common (TIC), you each own an undivided share. For example, if you own a duplex with another person as tenants in common, you each own …

Sample Yard Sharing Agreement
August 26, 2012 – 9:04 pm | Comments Off
Sample Yard Sharing Agreement

Taking Down the Fence Between You and Your Neighbor
If you have a good relationship with your neighbor and you both own your homes (or have the blessing of your landlords), you can expand your yard …

A Big List of Sharing Ideas from Green Fest
November 23, 2009 – 6:17 pm | Comments Off
A Big List of Sharing Ideas from Green Fest

Here’s yet another list of sharing ideas! We collected these ideas on post-it notes from visitors to our booth at the San Francisco Green Festival. We asked people to tell us their ideas for …

Sharing Ideas from Bioneers, Part 4: Slow Homes
November 19, 2009 – 5:40 pm | One Comment
Sharing Ideas from Bioneers, Part 4: Slow Homes

On Tuesday, Shareable.net posted my article about “Slow Homes,” and we’ve already received interesting comments and additional ideas. Here are more ideas that may or may not have made it into the article. …

Shared Housing is also for the Mechanically Inclined
October 1, 2009 – 7:40 pm | One Comment
Shared Housing is also for the Mechanically Inclined

Today, there was yet another article about sharing in the New York Times – “The Modern Answer to the Commune,” profiling the urban optimists who are forming shared housing around common values, sustainability, and, as …

Shared Housing on the Increase in Recessionary Times
August 17, 2009 – 6:34 pm | 2 Comments

This morning’s San Francisco Chronicle sports a front page article with the headline “Rooms for rent a sign of the times.” The article discusses the financial advantages to sharing, including, for some people, the ability to stay …

Sharing in Every Realm of Life
April 13, 2009 – 10:14 pm | Comments Off

There are ways to incorporate sharing into almost every realm of life. Here’s a sampling of ways to share:
CAR:
Find a friend or a neighbor who would like to share a car and make a …