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Paul Bradley working at the NH Community Loan Fund in 1993.

Preparation Matters

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin, who was, among many other things, a founder of the United States’ first recognized cooperative business – a mutual fire insurance company in Philadelphia – in … More »

Homes at Evergreen Estates

An exit strategy – and much more

We helped 55 homeowners form a ROC in Centralia, Wash., last Friday. Our loan officer shared the seller’s heartwarming comment following the closing: “It seems strange after 27 years to be finished but we are so happy for … More »

Rocky Mountain Homeowners Co-op

Advancing a dream … starting in Cañon City

A mentor of mine – Steven Dawson – taught me a valuable lesson. When something good happens, look for ways to make something even better out of it. When good news arrives, do you stop at the light … More »

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Sad to learn of a big loss in a great ROC

Anthony “Tony” Weisbecker An avid fisherman and lover of dogs, Tony visited the shelter once a week to give the pups some simple loving. Tony was also a remarkable cooperative leader at the Clackamas River Community Cooperative in … More »

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Resident speakers stir motivation and encouragement

Inspiring. I spoke at a conference Friday on the West Coast that focused on making sure manufactured housing continues to play an important role in the affordable housing sector. The event was co-hosted by CASA of Oregon, a … More »

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What’s your mantra?

Diane Nyad completed a 110-mile mile swim between Cuba and the Florida Keys this weekend. When asked, “How did you make it through the tough stretches?”, her answer, “My mantra was, ‘Find a way.’” And, there were tough … More »