Category: Finance

Finance Amending Your By-laws
1997 Dec/Jan Amending Your By-laws

The certificate of incorporation, the proprietary lease (in some cases called occupancy agreements) and the by-laws are the three underlying documents that form the engine running your cooperative. The by-laws are considered by the courts…

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Finance Capital Improvements
1997 Dec/Jan Capital Improvements

If you've ever served on the board of a co-op or condo, the phrases capital improvements, emergency repair, asbestos remov- al and (these days, especially) lead paint abatement probably elicit particularly unpleasant associations. With ex…

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Finance Dial "˜M' for Mortgage
1997 Dec/Jan Dial "˜M' for Mortgage

With interest rates heading lower once again, now may be the ideal time to start hunting for a new underlying mortgage. But don't go off half-cocked. Board members who prepare well before entering the mortgage jungle always bag the bes…

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Finance Making Money
1997 Dec/Jan Making Money

Money. We all need it and want more of it. And just like any business your building needs to cover its expenses with its income. There are ways your building can make money without having to raise maintenance fees. Installing basement sto…

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Finance Recovering Legal Fees
1996 Nov Recovering Legal Fees

Earlier this year, a survey of co-ops and condos indicated a surge of litigation between boards and building residents. Such lawsuits can be very costly for both the resident and the building. One important deterrant to frivolous or unnec…

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Finance Rooftop Decks, Exercise Rooms and Play Areas
1996 Oct Rooftop Decks, Exercise Rooms and Play Areas

Co-op and condo owners whose boards are in favor of adding a rooftop deck, exercise room or play area should think twice before shooting down the idea for fear it will be too expensive. Imagine the time you'd gain in your busy schedule if y…

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Finance Converting to Condo
1996 Sep Converting to Condo

In New York City cooperative apartments outnumber condoM-miniums by about five to one, so apartment buyers sometimes feel they have limited choices. Frequently they opt for a co-op because they can't find a condo they really love. The …

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Finance The Evolution of the End Loan
1996 Sep The Evolution of the End Loan

Remember the early 1980s? Reagan was president, the national economy was strong, property values were skyrocketing and co-op sponsors were converting multi-unit residential buildings in the New York area faster than you could say offering…

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Finance The New Co-op and Condo Tax Break Up Law
1996 Sep The New Co-op and Condo Tax Break Up Law

Co-op shareholders and condo owners in New York City may not always agree on how the common areas in their buildings should be managed, maintained or decorated, but they've always seen eye to eye when it comes to saving money. Everyone…

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Finance Keeping Track of the Bottom Line
1996 Jul/Aug Keeping Track of the Bottom Line

It's a typical scenario. The board and managing agent assemble for the regular monthly meeting. Things get lively and everyone participates. The group discusses staff issues, makes decisions about the tile color in the laundry room and dire…

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