If your agent has already informed you of the steps we have mentioned here then I would say that your interests are being handled professionally and you should continue to take your agents advice. There is no resource I am aware of that will specifically inform you of how to handle the negotiation of a property including a coop. This comes from years of experience and being able to work with people. Besides no negotiation necessarily follows the same journey. There are many people involved in a coop transaction. Some have ego's and feel that they need to be dealt with first. Or they have other issues which sometimes create impediments. Initially your agent will carefully cross this mine field. After that your agent will coordinate with other players on your behalf. If you are happy with your agents performance as of now then I would continue on the same path. Try to drop your guard a little and trust your agent to do the right thing.
If you are looking for resources that offer good information for buyers you should check the website for the National Association of Realtors. Or the Long Island Board of Realtors/MLS website at http://www.mlsli.com.
Yes, you are entitled to review all information that will allow you to make an informed decision on whether to purchase or not. The question is, when do you get to see it all.?
Generally coop information is private and for the shareholders information. You probably will not get to see everything until you make an offer and it is accepted by the coop board. I have found that a large portion of sellers have either lost or misplaced their offering statement and subsequent addenda. They may have a budget lying around or sometimes the broker or managing agent has a copy which you can review.
The offering statement and updates can be quite technical unless you are used to reviewing them. It would be a good practice to have these items reviewed by your lawyer and/or your accountant.
For the time being I would concentrate on finding an affordable place in a building that you like.
When you find it make your offer subject to attorney review of all coop or condo documents.
Good Luck! If I can help you find a place in Queens or Nassau counties don't hesitate to contact me.
Century21 Yve R. E.
Licensed R. E. Agent
NYS Certified Residential Appraiser