Last updated on May 22, 2023

What are the Advantages of Owning a Condo in NYC?

Buying real estate in NYC offers several options. When it comes to apartments, purchasers will generally have the choice between purchasing a co-op or a condo. While they make look similar, the structure of the transaction and ownership are very different, and depending on your needs, owning a condo can have significant advantages over owning a co-op in NYC. 
It is important to seek the legal advice of a skilled NYC real estate lawyer when dealing with matters such as the purchase of a condo. Having a skilled attorney may be able to help you assess what may be the best option for you and help you avoid making mistakes especially if you’re first time buyers in New York.

You Own Real Property

With the purchase of a condo, you are purchasing real property, unlike a co-op where you are purchasing shares of a cooperative corporation. With a condo purchase, you get a deed and own the unit in the building as well as a portion of the building’s common areas. 

The HOA Can’t Dictate Anything About the Financial Transaction of the Purchase

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Unlike a co-op, the condo homeowners association cannot dictate how much money you must put down, what your debt-to-income ratio is, or anything else about the financial transaction of your condo purchase. While you are expected to pay your monthly HOA fees toward the maintenance and expenses of the building, the board of directors of the HOA has no access to any of your financial information and can’t accept or deny you based on that. 

A Condo HOA Can’t Deny Your Purchase or Sale

A condo board does not have the right to accept or reject the sales price or you as the purchaser of a condo in the same way a co-op board of directors does. A co-op will want to approve the sales price of a unit and will deny it if it is low enough to impact the value of other units in the building. A condo cannot accept or reject a sales price or you as a buyer, but it does have the right of first refusal to purchase the unit under the same terms and conditions.

You Have More Control Over What You Do With Your Unit

A co-op can have highly restrictive rules. When you own a condo, there are fewer restrictions, and you typically have more latitude about what you can do with it. While you must abide by the rules and by-laws of the homeowners association, in most cases, condos can be sublet and used as investment properties as long as they comply with by-law restrictions. 

Sometimes, condo by-laws will restrict rentals to avoid short-term rental of the unit. Consequently, some condos have tried to discourage investors in favor of owner-occupants. 

Condos Are Easier to Sell

Co-ops in NYC impose stringent rules on residents, from limiting renovations to limiting subletting. Many also do not allow a unit to be used as pieds-a-terre. Co-ops discourage investors so it is often much easier to sell a condo in NYC than a co-op. 

Condos Are Easier for International Purchasers to Buy

Because condos have fewer restrictions, they are more flexible and generally allow international buyers and investors. 

If you need guidance regarding a condo purchase in New York City, the NYC real estate attorneys at Sishodia PLLC have worked with clients from around the world, helping them make important decisions about their real estate transactions. Contact us at (833) 616-4646 or schedule a consultation with us via our online contact form. 

Buying a Condo vs Renting

In the aftermath of the pandemic, the recovery of New York City’s sales market has highlighted the advantages of renting in the current landscape. The limited availability of well-located properties with sought-after amenities has made renting a more attractive option. By choosing to rent, individuals can save up for a more suitable property in the future, maintain flexibility in the face of uncertain plans, and keep their budget manageable while enjoying all that the city has to offer. Moreover, renting provides the freedom to easily relocate when unexpected circumstances arise.

However, for those with long-term plans to establish roots in NYC, purchasing a condominium can offer a sense of belonging and stability during these uncertain times. With increasing demand and a limited supply of properties, buying sooner rather than later can prove advantageous as prices are expected to rise. Additionally, homeownership brings with it the opportunity to benefit from tax advantages and secure historically low mortgage rates. It’s worth noting, however, that mortgage rates are anticipated to increase as the Federal Reserve reduces its purchases of mortgage-backed securities.

If you are contemplating the risks and rewards of buying a condo in NYC, it is crucial to seek guidance from a reputable real estate attorney. A skilled New York real estate attorney can provide valuable insights, navigate you through the legal complexities, and ensure a smooth transaction, offering peace of mind throughout the process.

The NYC real estate attorneys at Sishodia PLLC have worked with clients from around the world, helping them make important decisions about their real estate transactions. Contact us at (833) 616-4646 or schedule a consultation with us via our online contact form.

Advantages of Owning a Condo in NYC Details
Ownership of Real Property You own the condo unit and a portion of the building’s common areas as real property.
Financial Transaction Autonomy Condo HOAs cannot dictate your financial details, such as down payment or debt-to-income ratio, during the purchase.
No Denial of Purchase or Sale Condo boards cannot reject the sales price or buyer, but may have the right of first refusal under the same terms.
Increased Control over Unit Usage Condos have fewer restrictions, allowing more flexibility in subletting and usage, subject to HOA rules.
Easier Sale Process Selling a condo is easier than selling a co-op due to fewer restrictions on renovations and usage.
Accessibility for International Purchasers and Investors Condos have fewer restrictions, making them more accessible to international buyers and investors.

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