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NATIONWIDE - Let's face it. The cost of living in the U.S. is expensive and isn't getting any cheaper!
To save money and pool resources we found many people have found new creative ways to put a very nice roof over their heads. And we aren't talking about getting a roommate, renting a room or moving back home with your parents. We're talking about the growing trends of house sharing and co-housing.
If you're considering someone as a house mate, experts suggest running a credit or even criminal background check on the person.
Below are resources to help you make the right decision.
Annamarie Pluhar , Shared Housing Expert, East Dummerston, Vermont
Pluhar has lived in shared housing for over 20 years and has developed a practical process for
selecting housemates. She even wrote a book about it called: "Sharing Housing: A Guide for Ding and Keeping Housemates."
Jean McQuillin, Louise S. Machinist and Karen M. Bush, Lives together in shared housing, Pittsburg, PA
These three working professional women just finished a brand new book about their shared housing situation called "My House, Our House."
Rebecca Lane, CoHousing Association of US, Seattle, WA
Lane is the executive director of Cohousing Association of the US. It helps promote and facilitate cohousing communities. Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods.