Cooperatives are a form of real estate ownership in which a building is owned by a corporation. The individual units, whether they are residential apartments or commercial space, are occupied by people who purchase shares in the corporation. Co-ops are popular in some large metropolitan areas, such as New York City, primarily as an alternative to condominiums.
Owners of co-ops don’t own real estate
Co-op ownership is represented by shares of stock in a corporation that owns the real estate. You shares entitle you to occupancy of a particular unit within the building. When you own a cooperative, your shares of stock are personal property. The deed to the building is in the name of the corporation.
Financing a co-op purchase
Unlike a condominium or a house, co-op loans use the shares of stock and not the real estate to secure the debt. There is no mortgage associated with co-op financing.
Finding the right lender
Only a select group of lenders do cooperative financing. MortgageDepot offers residential and commercial co-op loans. Among the options they offer are the following:
Non-owner occupancy for co-signers on Cooperative loans
Financing for up to 95 percent of the value
Financing is also available for so-called “kiddy co-ops.” These have become popular with parents who buy a coop for their son or daughter to live in rather than paying for housing at the college. When the child graduates, the parents have it as an investment to hold or sell.
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