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Why housing co-ops are a viable alternative to home ownership

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2019 | Firm News, Homeowner Association & Condo Law |

When an individual would like to buy a home in Florida, he or she must usually apply for a mortgage loan and then use that money to purchase a deed. This traditional path to home ownership will give a buyer full control over his or her property, but the initial costs can be overwhelming. That is just one of the reasons why many people are now exploring housing co-ops.

Housing cooperatives first became popular in areas with booming real estate markets. Homebuyers often found it incredibly difficult to qualify for traditional loans, and many of them got stuck in the cycle of renting for years. A co-op is, essentially, a corporation that buys a multi-unit building. If an individual would like to live in that building, then he or she will take out a co-op loan and invest that money in the corporation.

While buying into a co-op typically won’t be as expensive as purchasing a condominium, it is important to realize that these corporations can establish their own rules and guidelines. Some co-op corporations have strict regulations regarding an individual’s net worth or his or her debt-to-income ratio. Those who are on the lookout for a new home will need to consider a wide array of variables before deciding on what type of residence will suit them best. In some locations, it is very difficult to find a lender who works with co-op corporations and partnerships.

Homeowner association and condo law can be quite complex, and homeowners could end up struggling with a wide variety of legal issues if they don’t know about all their rights. An experienced attorney can help a person negotiate with an HOA board or establish a solid case if his or her rights are being violated. A lawyer can also take a close look at an HOA contract before a potential buyer makes an offer.