The Co-op to Condo Conversion Specialists™

1543 West 1st Condominium

 1543 West 1st Condominium
Date Converted
Brooklyn, New York

Property Information

Location Brooklyn, New York
Number of Units 59
Year Converted to Co-op 1988
Year Converted to Condo 2011

  1. Although Brooklyn real estate values were up, the prices for the co-op units in the building were declining or stagnant.
  2. The Co-op lacked sufficient financing options which only a few banks willing to lend to purchasers or owners wanting to refinance.
  3. The Co-op had limited reserve funds and needed money for renovation of the elevator.

  1. At conversion, units were appraised at nearly $100,000 more as a condominium than as a coop. Immediately after conversion, owners put units on the market at these higher condo prices.
  2. Hutton arranged for Fannie Mae approval and shareholders were given the opportunity to finance their conversion with low interest rates that significantly reduced their monthly costs.
  3. The conversion provided the funds which will be used for the elevator and other capital projects.

What Owners Say About Their Conversion

“Hutton made the conversion of our building to a condominium a reality despite the difficulties caused by the current state of the economy, changing regulations and the mortgage market. The team at Hutton is professional, competent and superbly effective in getting the job done."

Sofya Golkhovaya
Sofya Golkhovaya
Board President

“We wanted to own our units with individual deeds. We knew The Hutton Group were the experts and they addressed every issue with detailed precision. Those who financed were able to secure low-rate Fannie Mae loans based on full condominium values that appraised at prices much higher than as co-ops.”

Roman Rozenberg
Roman Rozenberg
Board Member

Results from the Conversion of 1543 West 1st

Value as a Cooperative


Add: Conversion Obligation (No underlying mortgage existed; fees & closing costs only)


Total Investment


Condominium Values after Conversion


Net Increase in Wealth (Equity)


PDF of Case Study: 1543 West 1st Case Study