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My Big Fat Board Interview: Surprising questions--and a long silence

by Cindy as told to Kelly Kreth | 12/12/12 - 10:51 AM

My husband and I had been renting together for over ten years. Two kids (and a dog) later, we decided it was time to try to make our first home purchase.

We began looking with a wonderful...

My Big Fat Board Interview: A $50,000 curve ball

by Anonymous as told to Marjorie Cohen | 1/04/12 - 8:09 AM

My husband and I weren’t at all worried about our board interview for a 110-unit co-op on Plaza Street in Prospect Heights. My dad, who owns a co-op in Brooklyn Heights, assured us that once you...

My Big Fat Board Interview: A few pets too many

by Anonymous as told to Kelly Kreth | 12/21/11 - 7:58 AM

My husband and I had been renting for five years when we put an offer on a two-bedroom co-op in Inwood.  We had no idea what to expect about the process or the interview.

The seller’s real...

My Big Fat Board Interview: My first thought was that he had a frontal lobe issue

by Michael as told to Kelly Kreth | 10/03/11 - 8:23 AM

When I finished up graduate school in Boston, I set about moving to New York City. My sister lived there, and she suggested two areas for me to look to buy an apartment: The Upper West Side and...

My Big Fat Board Interview: They didn't understand why a farmer was getting an apartment in NYC

by Carla as told to Elizabeth Kuster | 9/15/11 - 8:02 AM

When my husband and I got married seven years ago, I was renting a place on West 72nd Street. We decided that we wanted to buy an apartment because we realized that the maintenance...

Best of Brick: My humiliating Fifth Avenue turndown, and what happened next

by Debra as told to Kelly Kreth | 8/23/11 - 1:45 PM

The first time I tried to buy a co-op, I was turned down. It was back in 1993, when I was a single mother of a two-year old living on the Upper East Side. I was going through a divorce and...

A real estate agent flunks her big fat board interview

by Kristen as told to Kelly Kreth | 7/26/11 - 7:39 AM

I was living on Long Island and working in Manhattan as a real estate agent. I wanted to be closer to work so I started looking for an apartment to buy close to my office. I searched in my sales...

My Big Fat Board Interview: If I wanted to join a country club, I would

by Ilene as told to Kelly Kreth | 3/11/11 - 7:29 AM

My husband and I were living in a rental apartment in NYC when he got a job offer in Chicago. We’d be commuting back and forth between those two cities but planned to transition full-time to NYC...

My 7 Minute Big Fat Board Interview

by Sandor Krauss | 2/18/11 - 7:45 AM

My wife and I had been living in a rental but I had always loved the building my sister lived in for 15 years on West 57th  and Sixth Avenue. When she called to tell me an apartment...

My Big Fat Board Interview: "Break your own shredder"

by Anonymous | 2/10/11 - 7:39 AM

After a four-year love affair with our Greenwich Village rental, my husband and I decided it was time for a change, time to stop paying "the man," time, maybe, to grow up a little bit.

Eight...

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