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Ask an Expert: What do co-op boards look for in reference letters?

 What sort of things do co-op boards look for in reference letters?    Are reference letters from out of state acceptable? I’ve only been in New York for six months and I don’t know that many people here other than through work.

A. Relax: Out of state reference letters shouldn’t be a problem in most buildings, according to our experts.

  • “Although it rarely occurs that a potential purchaser will be eliminated from consideration solely on the basis of a recommendation, a lovely, well written, heartfelt personal or business reference can help set the stage for the interview and create a positive feeling towards the applicant both before and during the interview,” says real estate attorney Steven Wagner who also chairs the admissions committee of a 400-unit Manhattan co-op.

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