A condo is real property. You'll pay taxes and maintenance (also known as homeowner dues). The condo will not set a minimum required down payment but they will sometimes review your financials and credit as well. The down payment amount is determined by your lender.
In both co-ops and condos, your lender will review the board's financials. Co-ops must be approved and condo's financials must meet Fannie Mae's guidelines.
You should always allow your Loan Officer to look into the co-op or condo you're interested in pursuing to make sure they meet all requirements. This way you don't tie yourself into a deal for months and it doesn't even work out!
It's a simple as the way Josh described it below. Homeowner's insurance, is your hazard insurance. The lender requires that you carry a hazard insurance policy to cover yourself and the lender from most physical damages to your property. You elect the company from whome youd like to purchase hazard insurance from.
Private mortgage insurance is a totally separate policy that your lender obtains to protect a percentage of the loan amount, again protecting the lender.
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Sterling National Bank
1. Meet with a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified for mortgage financing. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.
2. Get a referral to a good, local, real estate attorney. Call the attorney, retain the attorney so you have her information handy when you make an offer. Having that information at time of offer helps you demonstrate to the Seller how serious you are, and they will consider your offer with more interest.
3. Line up a Home Inspector. A good home inspector will scare the heck out of you: that's what you pay him for! But you'll concentrate on the fundamentals of the property: roof free of leaks, plumbing, heating and electrical up to code and in good working order. Again, when you make an offer and you have your Home Inspector ready to go, your offer will be considered with much more interest by a Seller because you truly have your "ducks in a row" and your preparation demonstrates your serious attitude about conducting the purchase transaction in a timely manner.
4. Find an experienced Local Realtor who works in your desired shopping area. A serious pro Realtor will refuse to show you homes until you are Prequalified for mortgage financing. Don't take offense! That Realtor doesn't want you to be disappointed and wants you to have a smooth experience as you shop for your new home.
Put together your Team of real estate professionals and shop 'til you drop!
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Great Neck NY 11021
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The advantage of a condo is that it is easier to buy and sell. The advantage of a coop is that the approval process keeps out marginal purchasers who are more like to harm the financial position of the coop. In either case, your lawyer should look at the financial statements for the coop or condo you decide to purchase.
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450 7th Avenue Suite 1501
New York, NY 10123
Coop is a share, a certificate. You can write off the whole maintenance. Maintenance is usually more then a condo reason being heat, hot water, real estate taxes, shoveling, maintenance for the building is all included in the maintenance.
Condo is a deed. You can write off the whole maintenance. Maintenance is much less like $100 or a little more depending, however you have to pay heat, hot water, real estate taxes, removal of your own shoveling depending on the condo, water sewage and home owners insurance.. Jeannette Batsikas everyone answers were helpful as well.