Now I'm not a native New Yorker, but many of those who are would have difficulty trying to answer the question of questions - "What is a co-op?" Well the best definition and explanation I've ever heard was given by Barbara Corcoran (Founder of the Corcoran Group). So here it is, sized-up in her own words...

It’s what makes New York so special! You’ll be a sharecropper, I mean a share holder. That means the apartment is yours, but you don’t really own it. Well you own it; but you don’t get a deed, instead you get a lease. But the great thing about a co-op lease is that there is absolutely no rent, just a monthly maintenance fee; which covers all the salaries of the super and the doorman. And the great thing about this is with a few hundred dollars at Christmas, they’ll fix anything.

And then there’s the co-op board of directors – a group of your neighbors who’s job it is  to protect you. They decide what you can and can’t do, can and can’t change, and who you can and can’t sell to – because that’s what they’re not paid to do! If you want to put in a dishwasher they’ll make sure it’ll work by having the building engineer review the plans your architect submits. He’ll bill you by the hour and tell you that you can’t do it. But don’t worry, you can pay the super to sneak it in. Just make sure the box doesn’t say dishwasher!

In short, a co-op is a one of a kind thing. And when you decide to sell the apartment, you have the right to sell it to whomever you want, as long as your neighbors like the person you want to sell it to. Your buyer just like you will have to submit of course a list of his personal assets, liabilities and income. And six full copies of his last two years tax returns.

Okay? Great, here’s a pen!

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