1. Are these 2 units are for investment or for single family residence, this will determine the ownership stake to best suit your needs;
2. Co-ops do not allow renting, and condos do, but cost about 30% more expensive than co-ops
3. What is the use for? You and your mom in separate units; to combine units, or rent both out?
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A Coop building may be a bit more tricky. Coops are not good investment vehicles. They usually require a larger downpayment and an interview. Before you get to that interview they will require a complete history of your financial situation (board package). This will include multiple Bank statements, proof of employment, Letters of reference, credit check, etc. They will also require anyone involved in the purchase to be at the interview as well.
There is more. If you're intent is to rent out one or both of the Coop apartments, that may not be possible as almost all Coop boards require a minimal owner occupancy. This may be one or two years. Coops may also restrict how long a sublet is allowed. They may allow only a one or two year rental and may even impose a penalty if the renters remain after their term of rental is over. More...the Coop board could also charge you a percentage of your yearly rent for the rental.
In closing, your best bet for an investment property would be to go Condo, NOT Coop. Keep in mind A Condo will be much more expensive than a Coop but also keep in mind, you'll own the Condo unit. With a Coop you own the stock and proprietary lease. I hope I've been helpful and given you food for thought. If I can assist you in finding something in Queens, please don't hesitate to contact me. Good luck.
Yes! You can most definitely purchase two condos in the same building. However, for a coop, you will need the board's approval. If you're interested in purchasing condos in Manhattan, feel free to reach out to me! You can contact me at 212-518-3030 if you have any other further questions.