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Condos and Coops

Real Estate Contract Mortgage Contingency Clause

Most people obtain financing when purchasing a house, condo, or co-op.  In that case, the contract of sale will contain a mortgage contingency clause making the sale contingent upon the buyer obtaining a mortgage in a certain amount.  If the buyer's loan application is denied by the lending institution, the buyer can then cancel the contract and get the down payment back.

In order to benefit from the protections allowed by the mortgage contingency clause the buyer must strictly abide by all its terms, i.

Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer When You Buy or Sell a House

Whether you are buying or selling a home, your team of expert advisers should include a real estate closing attorney. Real estate closings  are complicated matters and require a thorough knowledge of the law.  With a decision as serious as buying and selling real estate, it is important that you are guided throughout every step of the closing process by an experienced and knowledgeable real estate lawyer.  The purchase of a home is often the single largest financial transaction you will ever make in your life.

Co-op and Condo Property Tax Abatements

News About the Cooperative/Condominium Abatement
Recently, the NY State Legislature passed bill S2320/A3354, which amended the Co-op/Condo Abatement. For more information and a description of changes, click here.
    
Owners of cooperative units and condominiums who qualify for the Co-op/Condo Property Tax Abatement can have their property taxes reduced. The amount of the abatement is based on the average assessed value of the residential units in the building.

Co-op Buyers Should Consider Purchasing Title Insurance

It is a commonly accepted practice for home buyers to purchase title insurance.  Title insurance provides buyers, and their lenders with coverage up to the full purchase price of a home in the event a valid title claim is instituted against the property.  Buyers of co-ops, however, rarely purchase title insurance.

Since co-op buyers are not purchasing real estate, but rather shares in a corporation – accompanied by a proprietary lease that gives the buyer the right to live in the co-op, traditional title insurance would not cover the buyer's ownership interest in the shares.

The Right Of First Refusal In Condos

Anyone who has been in the market to purchase either a condo or co-op is acutely aware that it is easier to buy or sell a condominium than a co-op because transferring ownership of a co-op almost always requires the consent of building's board, while the transfer of a condo usually does not.

Since a co-op is not real estate, the board can control who lives in the building by controlling who is allowed to become a shareholder and proprietary leaseholder.  So long as the co-op board does not violate laws against discrimination, it is free to grant or withhold its consent to the sale "for any reason or no reason at all.