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Wanna play the late night show host the late Johnny Carson's character "Carnac the magnificent" here, just for laughs? May be you can pitch in your two cents (wait, don't panic; I am not asking for money. OMG, silly!)
Imagine this Q & A scenario between a prospective investor / future resident & a core member; kind of "Frequently Asked Questions". The following original list is from May 2014, the current 2015 version is in red:
Q is this a Hindu community?
A No, not any more. (Yes it is now! But if you visited ISCON or any other temple or you were even thinking about becoming a Hindu, you are welcome)
Q Is it age restricted?
A Initially we were adamant about it but we did not have enough positive response so we changed it to multigenerational with no restrictions (back to 55+).
Q I heard you were going to separate cars & people?
A Don’t worry if you want attached 2-3 car garage, we can accommodate you.
Q You expect the residents to take an active role in designing the campus & individual buildings in a non-hierarchical setting?
A That was the silly architect’s idea!
Q The residents are going to manage & run the community?
A We may have to find a management company to do it for us.
Q You are going to have two separate kitchens in the common house?
A Yes vegetarian as well as non vegetarian along with two chefs & support staff. (may be not)
Q You can afford all that?
A It will be covered by the H.O.A. fees & participation in the all meals plan will be mandatory.
Q Even with all meals are mandatory you will still have full size kitchen with dishwasher etc.?
A For the resale market.
Q What if someone does not like the chef’s cooking?
A Tough! They can cook @ home but their fees would still be the same in order support the staffing expenses.
Q You are also thinking about a doctor/nurses onsite office?
Q Is this an assisted living facility?
A No multi generational, but we will provide this amenity to attract a wider segment!
Q All the decisions will be made by consensus?
A Again crazy architect’s idea!
Q Are you planning a green Eco-friendly community?
A Whatever the market demands, we don’t care. If sloping roofs & concrete tiles are popular, that is what we will use.
Q Are you scaling down private homes i.e. give up traditional features like a great room, formal dining room, laundry room, 2-3 car garage, 2-3 baths, fireplaces, double vanities, granite countertops, island kitchen, media room etc. & move them into the common house shared facility?
A Wonder whether we have to be mindful of resale market; what do you think?
Q Are you trying to please everyone?
A Yes, we will try & cover all the bases!
Q Isn’t that a recipe for failure?
A Not for us, hopefully.
Q So how will your community differ from a run of the mill, tract home subdivision?
A Indian neighbors!
Q Have you committed your money for your own home?
A Not yet, but you should buy two or three units or help us buy the land & build a few homes + the club house.
Q If someone changes their mind you are going to refund their money?
A 100% no risk whatsoever
Q Who would absorb the soft costs?
A Investors of course!
Q Are you serious & you want me to be an investor?
A Think of the profit you will be sharing with us!
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