President’s Blog

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More than fun …

It has always been fun to be on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.  I graduated in 1986 and have attended numerous events over the last 30 years, largely fun stuff like sporting events, concerts, ceremonies … More »

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Sad to report death of friend of housing co-ops

We lost a dear friend and co-op housing legend in Roger Wilcox last summer. Roger was an enthusiastic supporter of all things co-ops and was an especially strong leader in the co-op housing movement of which we are … More »

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Cooperatives Gaining Attention

New Hampshire Business Review published an interesting article on co-ops in the state which I thought our readers might appreciate.  As the article suggests, there are more co-ops operating than most of us realize. Cooperatives are corporations that … More »

Photo of Shirlene Stoven at her home at Applewood Mobile Home Park in Midvale, Utah, on Dec. 9, 2016.

The thrill of victory, and agony of defeat

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The absolute worst phone calls I get are from homeowners facing eviction due to community closures. The calls are, unfortunately, regular. Today, for instance, there’s an email from a Legal Aid lawyer who … More »

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Thrilled to see Annual Meeting done right

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — I spoke with the Members of Wamsutta Residents Association yesterday.  I was down for their Annual Meeting on a lovely Sunday afternoon. First, I have to commend the Board of Directors for a well-executed … More »

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What a weekend!

The ROC Association was started in 2013 to provide a way for ROCs to elect three community leaders to the national ROC USA Board.  That part has been going pretty well: All but one of the bi-annual elections … More »

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A simple question yields terrific answer

Last week I heard from an old colleague on LinkedIn.  She asked how I and ROC USA® were doing. I was happy to report that I am personally well – it’s nice when someone cares enough to ask … More »

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I saw transformation yesterday …

Homebuyers in the United States enjoy such low interest rates because most mortgages are not held by your local bank but sold to either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac where they are pooled (or, securitized). Investors the world … More »