What is a SPONSOR UNIT Co-Op Apartment in Manhattan?

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

New York city Real Estate is made up with Co-ops, Condominiums, Townhouses and Rental Apartments.

Many of my out of town buyers have often seen 'SPONSOR' unit Co-Ops, I thought it will be helpful to create a post so everyone can understand the difference between a traditional Co-Op and a Sponsored Co-Op apartment.

"Sponsor units have NO BOARD APPROVAL! When an individual or company converts a rental building to a co-op or condo, the first transfer of an apartment, or "sponsor unit" does not require board approval. Sponsor Unit: Apartments that are held as an investment by the sponsor, the original developer who built the building or converted the building to a co-op. Sponsor apartments are usually exempt from board approval. (Source: Wallfly.com's Glossary)

  • Sponsor units command a premium because people who might not pass a board can buy them.
  • For example, a sponsor unit would be a good choice for parents who want to buy an apartment for a child who is a student.
  • A sponsor unit may be the best apartment for someone who is not working, or only has a short job history.
  • Basically, if you aren't a candidate for a co-op building and can't quite afford a condo, keep an eye out for a sponsor unit!
  • Buyers of a sponsor unit should take note that they will need to pay NY State and NY City transfer taxes, and often the seller's attorney fees.
  • You still have to submit a board package (Homeland Security! The management company needs to know who is moving into their building) and you almost always have to abide by the building's house rules as far as sublet requirements and pets.
  • Although it varies from sponsor to sponsor, you may be able to put down less than the minimum financing normally required by the building.


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    Sonny Kwan
    Quantum Group Commercial - Residential - Lease Seattle, WA - Mercer Island, WA

    That's what a coop unit in NYC is, I always wondered about that and how it looks like

    Dec 25, 2008 09:34 AM #1
    Morgan Evans
    Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

    The sponsor unit is an interesting product, sometimes forgotten as a good way to bypass the co-op approval process.  Happy 2009!

    Dec 25, 2008 01:32 PM #2
    Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
    Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


    I have never done a co-op and see that they are better left to the pro's such as yourself....continued success.

    Dec 26, 2008 03:12 AM #3
    Patricia Kennedy
    RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
    Home in the Capital

    Eileen, the coops down here are a lot more casual about the whole approval process than they are in New York!

    Dec 26, 2008 01:27 PM #4
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