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The Co-Op Board Interview : A Guide For New Buyers

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

A 10 Point Checklist for Prospective Buyers:


Embarking on the journey to purchase a cooperative (co-op) apartment can be exciting, but it's the co-op board interview that often stands as the final hurdle before approval. Here's what you should expect:


1. Understand the Purpose: Know that the board is seeking to maintain a harmonious community and protect the co-op's financial stability. Expect questions designed to gauge your fit within the community and your financial responsibility.


2. Documentation Review: Be prepared to have your application and accompanying documents reviewed in detail. Ensure everything is accurate and consistent, as discrepancies can be red flags.


3. Personal Questions: Expect personal inquiries ranging from your occupation, lifestyle, hobbies, to your reasons for choosing this co-op. Answer honestly but diplomatically, keeping your responses positive and community-focused.


4. Financial Probing: The board will ask about your financial status, including income, assets, and creditworthiness. Be transparent and provide clear, concise answers.


5. House Rules and Bylaws: You’ll be asked about your understanding and acceptance of the co-op's rules. Familiarize yourself with these beforehand and express your willingness to comply.


6. Pet Policies: If you own a pet, prepare to discuss how you will adhere to the co-op's pet policies. Some boards may require additional documentation or even a 'pet interview.'


7. Guest Policies and Subletting: Expect questions about your anticipated frequency of having guests or subletting your unit. The board wants to ensure that the co-op remains a stable living environment.


8. Renovation Plans: If you plan to make changes to your unit, be ready to discuss your renovation ideas. The board may require details about the scope, timeline, and impact on neighbors.


9. Reference Checks: The board may ask clarifying questions about the references you provided. Choose references who can positively affirm your character and reliability.


10. Post-Interview Process: Inquire about the next steps and the timeline for the board's decision. It shows your enthusiasm and helps you manage your expectations.


Remember, a co-op board interview is for the board to evaluate you. At this point you have already committed to buying in the building should you get approved- Approach it with confidence, preparation, and respect for the process. If any questions come up- my suggestion is to have your attorney or agent follow up. Good luck!


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By adhering to this checklist, you can navigate your co-op board interview with a clear understanding of what to expect, ensuring you're well-prepared to make a positive impression.


Still have a question? Please contact me at 917-975-9531 or sturner@bhsusa.com





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