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BLOG | Member Spotlight Series: Gabriel Pineiro’s Journey to Becoming a Co-op Shareholder

Gabriel Pineiro is a member of BRI’s Cooperative & Condominium Advisory Council (CCAC). Learn more about him below!

Born in Puerto Rico and like many others, Gabriel Pineiro moved to the US in hopes of achieving a proverbial aspect of the ultimate American Dream — own his own property that he can invest in. While renting in the Bronx, a borough that Gabriel called home for 30 years, he began to research the housing market and realized that many working-class individuals like himself were being priced out due to the lack of affordable options. It was then that his real estate agent suggested looking into co-ops, an investment that wouldn’t break the bank and would also allow Gabriel to accumulate equity through his property. Gabriel viewed it as a win-win proposition and decided to move to Mount Vernon, where he’s been residing for the past few years. Soon after he moved in, Gabriel realized the importance of staying informed about his co-op’s financials and the logistics that went into maintaining it, leading him to become a board member for his building. This led him to finding another great resource for co-op shareholders, the CCAC — which Gabriel has been a Board of Director of since 2022. Through his leadership and experience, Gabriel hopes to educate others on the many benefits of investing in a co-op and how resources like the CCAC can assist co-op shareholders in getting more involved and informed about their own buildings.

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