Sharing has three common consequences that are particularly environmentally friendly:
- Better use of resources
- Less space required
- High standards of maintenance
Many people who consider buying a second home (or vacation home) face a dilemma.
Even if you can afford exactly what you want, and justify the expense, it often feels socially, environmentally and even morally wrong to have a home lying idle for the majority of the time and not contributing to the local community.
I’ve been reading about “auction culture” recently and it seems particularly relevant to sharing.
Auction culture is one aspect of e-bay’s impact on buying decisions. People are increasingly aware that some luxury items can be sold after a year or so for a high percentage of the original price. So when they want a new version, or if they decide they don’t need the item after all, they know they can recover much of the original cost. This can make the item better value than something that actually costs much less. So buying a Louis Vuitton handbag can be more cost effective than is immediately apparent to many people (and all men). Or, as explained in Futureshop by Daniel Nissanoff , how a $750 stroller (£350 pushchair to us Brits) can be the cheapest child transport option
This detailed article covers many issues relating to fractional ownership of property or real estate. Although some aspects are very specific to the USA, particularly the sections on finance and taxation, it gives an excellent all round view of fractional ownership and the issues you need to consider. Here are the current fractional property or real estate listings.
Reproduced with kind permission of City Car Club, 0845 330 1234,
Setting up and running an informal Car Club isn’t that complicated and shouldn’t involve much more work than goes into being an individual car owner. After all, informal Car Clubs already exist within many families that have several drivers who share the use of one or more cars. The only difference is that money may not change hands.
Reproduced with kind permission of Canals and Rivers, May 2007.
Jackie Sherman and her husband were bitten by the boating bug after a holiday on the Kennet and Avon. This first part of a two part feature describes how they got into boating by going for a shared option.
It only took one week on a narrow boat, cruising down the Kennet and Avon towards Bath, for us to fall completely under the spell of this tranquil and unique form of transport. Knowing that we would want to repeat the experience, we spent the next few months investigating the best way to get ourselves back onto the water. There appeared to be three options – to hire, to buy and own shares in a boat.
Reproduced with kind permission of Canals and Rivers, June 2007.
Jackie Sherman and her husband were bitten by the boating bug after a holiday on the Kennet and Avon. This second part of a two part feature describes how they got into boating by going for a shared option.
This article is intended to give guidance on boat share syndicate ownership but is of course one person’s views on the subject.
With the rising costs of owning and keeping a boat there is an increasing interest in sharing the costs by joint ownership. I am not referring to time-sharing, i.e. buying two weeks’ use of a boat in the sun and forgetting it for the other 50 weeks – I just do not see how that can work. By joint ownership I mean a syndicate of two or three sharing the costs, the work, the worry and the joy of owning a boat. This syndicate can afford a larger ship without the worry of how it is getting on its mooring if they have not seen it for a week or two and without the guilt of all that money sitting doing nothing.
I spent much of last week puzzled by a huge increase in visitors to yours2share. I knew yours2share had obviously had a great mention somewhere, but where? ...
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