Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Marriott Model: How a Middle-Class Co-op Put a Million in the Bank

When I looked at my co-op’s financial situation in 2005, we had less than $10,000 in reserves, negative equity and barely positive cash flow. My building needed a sustainable, long-term fiscal plan. And I had my prototype: the Marriott hotel chain. I had worked for Marriott in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. At that time, the chain set aside a percentage of its revenue each year for capital repairs and improvements. As a result, management is able to repair and improve the property so that it stays current. Our co-op was in desperate need of a Marriott-style makeover! …

My building is not wealthy. But we were able to take small steps to improve our finances, and your co-op or condo can, too.

Read the whole article in Habitat.