How can I ace my co-op board interview?
July 15, 2012 11:15 AM Subscribe
What are some tips for successfully handling a co-op board interview? (Brooklyn-based)
posted by anonymous to home & garden (6 answers total)
I am in the process of trying to buy a co-op apartment in Brooklyn (in a not-very-trendy corner of a moderately trendy neighborhood). I'm at the stage where the board wants to interview me, and my SO, who, as I have indicated in my paperwork, intends to live with me (though I am going to be the only owner). I would like to hear from Mefites who are on co-op boards or who are tenants in co-ops who have advice for the interview.
A bit about me: I don't really make as much money a year as I'm sure they'd like, but I have a very stable (government) job where I've been for several years, and I've just received a couple raises. I have a decent amount of savings though they'll be rather depleted by down payment/application fees. My SO currently lives in another city and is going to move up here with me; he will need to find a job here. He is going to kick in towards monthly payments, probably about 1/3 of the overall total though this will be upped when he finds work here. (I am planning for us to have a written agreement about this, so I'm not asking for advice about that right now.) Should I mention to the co-op board that he's going to contribute financially although he is not an owner?
In general both of us are quiet, neat tenants (and I think this will come across when we meet the board). I am 26 and look young for my age--I'm planning to dress professionally but I am hoping my youth won't be a strike against me.
One more note about the apartment: it this matters, it's very inexpensive but has relatively high maintenance costs (mortgage is a little more than half the maintenance). It's a one-bedroom so I am not going to have anyone live here other than my SO and me. No pets either.