If you are a first-time buyer of a New York City co-op, the buying process can be quite intimidating. It's almost enough to make you settle for a lifetime of renting.
Condominiums are attractive options for many city dwellers, offering the ownership rights over your space while still giving you many of the conveniences associated with apartment life. But buying your first condo can be a little bit nerve-wracking.
Not just anybody can buy your share of a co-op. Housing cooperatives are quite common in New York, but the ownership interest in a co-op works very differently than owning an individual home. Taxes and repairs are shared, and there are a lot of advantages to pooling your resources -- but reselling often requires finding someone that the co-op will accept as a buyer.
When a housing development or apartment building converts to a condominium there's often a steep learning curve involved for everyone. Some of the problems you may encounter -- whether you're a developer or a resident -- can end up being easily resolved. Others will probably require some experienced legal assistance.
Artistic cooperatives function very much like other types of co-ops. However, they limit their members to artists.
Housing cooperatives, or co-ops, are a unique part of the urban real estate market, particularly in New York. But, how do you know if you'll like living in a co-op?
Condos have a lot of appeal to various kinds of people. For renters, condos can bring the perks of ownership without some of the hassles. For homeowners, a condo can feel like a step down without taking a step backward, especially when it comes time to downsize.
Living in a condominium has its perks. You get all of the convenience of an apartment along with the benefits of ownership.
Effective this year, there are some new laws that can impact residents of New York City condominiums and co-ops as well as the boards and corporations responsible for these residences. Let's look at two that are aimed at the health and safety of the people who live there.
These days, everyone is looking for ways to make life more affordable. Finding ways to reduce your housing costs is one way to do that -- so that has some people looking harder into cooperative housing as an alternative to owning a home, renting an apartment or buying a condo.