If you think access to housing is bad, then see what happens when a Silicon Valley company turns your neighborhood into a timeshare

One day you are in the garden of your house and you see a drone taking photos of the houses next door, your neighbors told you that they sold it to a company, without giving more details. You investigate and an unknown company called Pacaso appears behind the purchase of the neighbors’ house. What is Pacaso?

Grace & Frankie is a Netflix series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin about two women who are abandoned by their husbands and move into the house they had bought half, separately they could not have bought it, where they have to live together. Buying a home with others is something that we have always thought about, but it is something that is not usually executed due to the problems that sharing it entails. What if a solution had been reached?

I think Pacaso offers luxury, affordable luxury, or more affordable at least. The luxury of having a second home with a “wow factor”. If I have ever talked about typical beach apartment where we have that in one, two or hopefully three bedrooms one or two families, children, pets, grandparents are crowded together … All enjoying the proximity to the sea. In the case of Pacaso, we are talking about the fact that sharing a home has a higher cost than it costs to acquire and maintain a home. Also with the touch of “investment”, that is, with the expectation that what was paid will revalue over time.

Affordable luxury


Pacaso acquires homes, makes a minimal reform, creates a company (LLC) that owns them and reforms them minimally, apart from decorating them by a professional. After It offers one-eighth of these homes for sale to buyers who may want such a home, but are unwilling or unable to afford to buy the home in full. Its goal is to make second home ownership more affordable and was founded in October 2020.

Pacaso also looks for a local company to maintain them perfectly, clean between uses of the owners, as well as mediation among the owners in case of conflict, it provides the digital infrastructure that allows to distribute the times and everything for 99 dollars a month, for each fraction of an eighth of the house. In other words, Pacaso allows the investment to be made and it becomes a subscription, although, as stated, it does not maintain ownership of it and the owners of the company can dispense with Pacaso’s services whenever they want. In practice, it will be quite difficult for five of the eight owners to agree to fire Pacaso.

In addition, the fraction of the house can be sold at any time from the first year. The owners cannot rent the house, but they can give their days of use to friends or family. With an eighth of housing, each owner has the right to 44 days a year, in addition to always having at least one national holiday. According Pacaso, its business model is far removed from timeshare O “timeshare” as it is known in the US, since it is about owning an asset and not buying a temporary right of use (in Spain timeshare is regulated and requires it to be for a limited period of time, ceasing to be a property, despite its name ). Furthermore, unlike other timeshare systems, owners can dispense with Pacaso if they wish.

The homes that Pacaso is looking for have, in principle, a cost over two million dollars (to be distributed among eight co-owners), and they have been decorated and left to perfection. They also have everything we may need and are in the most demanded vacation centers in the US, such as Aspen in Colorado or Malibu in California. Pacaso has been one of the fastest-growing US companies to “Unicorn” status, that is, valued at a billion dollars. What is the problem, then? It seems that Pacaso is not being very well received by the neighbors.

Neighbors against Pacaso


The residents of Pacaso’s homes fear that this company will raise prices, and is that like the investment funds or crowdfunding companies as we already mentioned, they pay for the houses with an extra cost. They also fear that their new neighbors will end up making a lot of noise and spoil the tranquility, they also fear that it will destroy the spirit of their neighborhood and become a kind of theme park for adults.

Also, although tourist rental may be prohibited in a specific neighborhood, Pacaso ends up bordering on these types of prohibitions. For some residents of the Pacaso homes, it is nothing more than a “timeshare” (timeshare) with pretense. In addition, in some cases, they are acquiring homes close to schools and for prices of less than two million dollars.

Of course, when the new owner drives to his home, he will find signs in which he is not welcomed but rather the presence is rejected, it is not a dish of good taste, and this can be a problem for the founders of Pacaso, who can end up running into a problem if the new owners feel rejected by their neighbors.

Although at the moment the activity of Pacaso is limited to some very specific areas of the US, the company’s plans are to expand to the rest of North America and Europe, apart from copies of its business model that may arise in other areas of the world. At the end of the day, it is still a replicable business.

Ask the readers, Do you think this ownership model will triumph and we will see more similar cases over time? Would you partially buy a second home according to this model, or would you prefer to own a whole home?

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