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What are the downsides of buying a co-op apartment?

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2010-07-03 16:17:29

Depending on the process the board follows when screening

applicants, be aware that you may be required to bear significant

scrutiny. The board may -- and legally so -- inspect your:

  • Financial health
  • Credit history
  • Work history and reputation
  • Social history and reputation
  • Citizenship
  • Criminal record

and more.

In a co-op apartment, you buy shares in a corporation and are

granted exclusive rights to a (residential) unit.

When repairs are necessary, you may be required to produce a

significant amount of cash to pay your share.

You may or may not consider any of these elements


Your realtor can help you understand the screening process, so

that there are no surprises during the board's investigative


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