pros and cons of condo vs home ownership

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Advantages & Disadvantages of owning a condo vs a home

 

Owning a Condo: your personal ownership is typically limited to the interior of unit which includes floors, ceilings and walls. Sharing responsibility with all condo owners when it comes to exterior amenities and common areas.

 

Disadvantages of Condo Ownership: single-family home owners are responsible for the interior and exterior maintenance and upkeep of their home and provide advantages condo ownership does not.

 

Community Living: condominiums share walls meaning you have to respect your neighbor when it comes to noise compliance. Generally condo communities lead to more interaction with neighbors and their pets.

 

Fees: Condominium owners are responsible for fees collected monthly and additional fees can be assessed in response to unexpected or unplanned events.

 

Resale: Depending where your condo is located in which city may or may not be sensitive to real estate market trends. Condominiums use to be the first hit and last to recover generally speaking. Times are changing for many popular city condominiums.

 

Condominium Rules: single-family owners have more independence while condo owners must follow community rules following hoa rules are facing steep fines. Condo owners are not allowed to do certain renovations without approval, not allowed to put up certain items in their windows and must respect noise compliance.

 

Privacy: Condominiums share walls, there will be noise at times.

 

Owning Space: condominium owners do not own the land beneath them, they own the space between the walls of their units along with shared common area of their condo community.

 

Advantages of Condo Ownership: Community HOA generally covers all exterior repairs, including roofs, building structure, and owner shared areas.

 

Location: Condominiums are generally conveniently built around city center, shopping and restaurants. Close proximity to city centers and major transportation routes.

 

Affordability: Condominiums are very popular for first time home buyers, empty Nester's and others. Varying in prices and hoa fees can be a win win for buyers but not always in HOT real estate trending markets.

 

Maintenance: No lawn care, No shoveling snow, No exterior cleaning. 

 

Amenities: owners can enjoy community swimming pools, gyms, meeting rooms, and additional amenities condominium owners don't have to worry about community amenities only living enjoyable free lifestyles.

 

Condominium Owners Accountability: Association sets rules and regulations all condo owners must follow. Enforcement to ensure compliance.

 

Weighing the pros and cons of condo vs home ownership has been brought to you by Bob Ratliff, REALTOR® (512) 587-5689 helping buyers and seller with Austin area condominium investing. If you or someone you know is considering buying or selling a condo please contact Bob Ratliff.

 

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Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Good morning Bob, if I was still living in the city, condo would definitely be my choice. Great post offering the differences between a condo and single family home.

Jan 26, 2016 10:14 PM #1
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Bob Ratliff
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Hi Beth Atalay we have been in our home over seventeen years at the lake but I'm really tired of it and want to sell. If we move to a condo it will have to be downtown Austin and the monthly HOA's are not cheap. Have a great day my friend.

Jan 26, 2016 10:42 PM #2
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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As a general rule I don't like sharing space. I'll probably end up in a condo situation at some point, but I do prefer my single family!

Jan 26, 2016 11:27 PM #3
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Bob Ratliff
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I here you Sharon Tara even though I say I'm tired of living at the lake I would probably hate a confined condo.... I have another 15 or 20 years left in me to mow and rake leaves....

Jan 27, 2016 01:08 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Bob... very nicely done. Condo ownership is not for everyone and single family home ownership is not for everyone. Understanding the pros and cons of each will help any home buyer to decide what's best for them.

Jan 27, 2016 04:17 AM #5
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Bob age seems to make a difference when it comes to preference of a condo or house.  single Buyers and Older Buyers seem to fall into the condo side with maintenance being a major consideration, where as buyers with families seem to prefer houses over condo's

Jan 27, 2016 05:01 AM #6
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Bob, excellent post weighing the pro's and cons condo vs home ownership. Your points are very well presented and understood. 

Jan 27, 2016 05:05 AM #7
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Bob, you did an awesome job on this post! I think one day I'll be in a condo but, for now I'm working on going from a townhouse to a single family. I really like how you highlight the pros and cons, great resource for anyone looking to move in Austin!

Jan 27, 2016 05:59 AM #8
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Bob Ratliff
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Everyone has their own pros and cons right Nina Hollander thanks for dropping by today I hope your weather is much better today.

Jan 27, 2016 06:11 AM #9
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Bob Ratliff
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very true George Souto families do prefer single family, younger and older prefer condos isn't that funny how it works.....

Jan 27, 2016 06:12 AM #10
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Bob Ratliff
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Thank you Bob Robert (Bob) Gilbert hope you and Yolanda are both having a great Wednesday. The weather is much warmer today compared to yesterday.

Jan 27, 2016 06:14 AM #11
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Bob Ratliff
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Amanda S. Davidson townhouses are very nice and some look like single family units.

Jan 27, 2016 06:15 AM #12
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Hi, Bob. Those buyers trying to decide whether to buy a home or a condo will love this information. You've certainly given them some good points to consider. 

Jan 27, 2016 07:29 AM #13
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Bob Ratliff
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Thank you Debbie Laity I've learned from the best.... speaking of you of course.

Jan 27, 2016 07:31 AM #14
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Bib. Very well done post, it make sense for anyone considering purchasing in your area to discuss what home would be best for them.

Jan 27, 2016 07:14 PM #15
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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We work with many Condo buyers and sellers Bob, and it's definitely not for everyone. Sometimes those rules and regualtions are deal breakers...

Jan 27, 2016 07:32 PM #16
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Good Thursday morning Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689 - Thanks for sharing the great information on the pros and cons of living and playing in a Condo complex. I have listed and sold my share of Condos.  Many people love them and they make for great real estate investments as well in our area.

Jan 27, 2016 09:27 PM #17
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Jonathan W Grant

My mom is now 81 years old and a touch of memory loss, she complains that she cannot keep up with the cleaning chores of the unit. I have a house in mind and suggested she take the capitol from the sale of the condo and purchase the house and I could live with her along with my driver. She would have no responsibilities as I would cook and clean and maintain the landscape.

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