• My Big Fat Board Interview

    What really happens in a co-op board interview

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My Big Fat Board Interview: Reference check!

by Anonymous | 11/18/10 - 6:58 AM

I wasn’t really nervous about my recent board interview. Coming from a small, self-managed co-op in Manhattan, I felt coolly confident applying to a similar one in Brooklyn. After all, I not only...

My Big Fat Board Interview: My humiliating Fifth Avenue turndown, and what happened next

by Debra as told to Kelly Kreth | 11/05/10 - 7:04 AM

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 had to...

My Big Fat Board Interview starring comedian Robert Kelly: Don't pee on the carpet

by Robert Kelly, as told to Kelly Kreth | 10/26/10 - 7:55 AM

For five years I rented a luxury one-bedroom in Hell’s Kitchen, which became my favorite part of the city. Once I had reached a certain degree of success in my career as an actor and comedian, I...

My Big Fat Board Interview: My natural reaction was, "Attack!" But I let it slide.

by Liz Yank | 9/17/10 - 7:20 AM

My Big Fat Board Interview story is a tale of personal morality and concealing one’s true self to get what money alone can’t buy in New York. 

After 25 years in a minuscule rent stabilized...

My Big Fat Board Interview: Co-ops don't like foreigners?

by anonymous Manhattan co-op buyer as told to Teri Rogers | 9/02/10 - 6:12 AM

I am from France and still own an apartment there where I am on the board. I lived in New York for eight years as a renter before looking for an apartment to buy early this year.

It...

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My Big Fat Board Interview: A big fat relief

After living in rentals in Forest Hills and the Upper East Side for years, I was in contract to buy a studio with an eat-in kitchen on the Lower East Side. The co-op was in a large complex comprised...

My Big Fat Board Interview: What maintenance increase?

by anonymous Manhattan co-op owner as told to Teri Rogers | 7/19/10 - 7:33 AM

I’m a mortgage banker, so I work all day helping people buy apartments in the city, and I’ve heard the horror stories about board interviews.

Like the guy who was informed that he was...

"This Is Not a White Glove Building" (My Big Fat Board Interview)

by Anonymous Manhattan Co-op Owner as told to Teri Rogers | 6/15/10 - 11:23 AM

This was the second co-op apartment for my husband and me, and the first interview was a lot scarier.

Our first real estate agent had scared the bejesus out of us by saying the board was...

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My Big Fat Board Interview: “I felt like Jesus Christ walking into my crucifixion”

by anonymous Manhattan co-op buyer as told to Teri Rogers | 6/03/10 - 6:57 AM
I was 31, buying an apartment as a single woman, and I had gotten into trouble with credit cards in my early 20s.

Most of the debt was paid off by then, and I had a good job that paid...

My Big Fat Board Interview: “The reason I filed single last year is that you’re a f-----g idiot!”

by anonymous Manhattan co-op buyer as told to Teri Rogers | 5/18/10 - 9:40 AM

My co-op board interview took place in one of the larger, more intimidating apartments in the Upper West Side building where I was in contract to buy a one-bedroom.

There were two...

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