If it is a condo, it should be described consistently as a condo, and the same for a co-op. They are very different animals. If you are referring to here, on Trulia, I am in complete agreement that there is a lot of erroneous information in the listings. That is because Trulia "scrapes" other webites, and does not check the content.
If you are serious about buying, the best thing would be to work with a skilled, experienced agent. We use the agent database (and as you can see in my signature, can give you a window into that database), streamline your search, negotiate on your behalf, and take you through all the steps of the buying process.
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To make sure the apartment is a condo, you should see 2 separate monthly charges there in the listing, common charges and real estate tax. Coops only have maintenance charge.
You can also ask your agent to verify all the info. This is what we are for. Would be glad to help you in your search.
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In the past, I've closed a co-op in less than a month before, by the way. Co-ops can be easy to deal with sometimes.
If you are currently looking to purchase in Manhattan and you want a Condo, they are not hard to find. If you are serious to purchase, you should absolutely be working with a real estate professional.
General perception is that a real estate aget goes to each individual site and plugs listing information. The fact is that in most cases it's plugged once into an ad engine that pushes the listing out to various sites. The code on each site is set up differently however, so data is not read and posted the same way. Even though the web had given a consumer agreat tools, it still leaves much to be desired.
If you do searches for condos only on a site and a lot of results come up, expect to find coops and condops
Coops are popular in New York and Chicago. So choice for them on sites are always limited. I know of many Realtors that have complained about the choices but the websites that are based out in CA and usually west coast states still dont see the benefit of having coop as a choice.
For me its not a bait and switch and I know of other Realtors that also dont do this. I dont speak for all Realtors however. But any realtor paying for advertising trying to get a coop sold like myself doesnt want to waste money their time and the buyers time so we make sure we mention enough times in the body that the property is a coop.
That was a great question thanks so much for asking it.
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