Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Condo

by Lili Patch 11/30/2022

The process of finding the perfect condo is similar to finding any other type of home--with a few exceptions. Here are some of the key factors to consider when purchasing a condo:

Your Budget

How much can you afford to spend on a condo? Make sure you evaluate your budget to get a sense of whether you can afford a condo purchase. A good way to determine how much condo you can afford to buy is to get pre-approval from a mortgage lender.

Condo living can also include additional ongoing expenses, such as homeowners association dues. Some condo communities also have fees for maintaining public spaces and amenities. Research all applicable fees to create a more accurate budget.

Property Size and Location

How much space do you need in a new home? Think about things like your plans for family, career and lifestyle. For example, if you plan to live by yourself for the foreseeable future, you might not need an expansive 4-bedroom townhome. Conversely, if you have children or plan to, you will want more than a studio.

Location is another key factor to consider. Think about things like school districts, work opportunities and daily travel time. Do you want to be near public transportation, services and commerce? Check out the surrounding area to determine whether you're choosing a condo in the perfect location.

Condo Rules and Regulations

Condo living is different from living in a traditional house. A condo is your own property, but you will still have to follow the rules and regulations set by the property management and community.

For example, many condo owners cannot modify a property's exterior without first getting approval from a co-op board or homeowners association. This means if you want to make substantial changes like replacing windows, removing interior walls or painting the outside of the condo, you will need to seek permission. Researching the details of a condo community's rules will help you determine whether you would feel comfortable with them or if you'd rather have more freedom to modify your property.

Purchasing a condo is the perfect option for many potential homeowners. As long as you consider these key factors, you'll be able to make the best decision.

About the Author
Author

Lili Patch

Radio Personality turned Realtor; I welcome the opportunity to turn house selling and house hunting into a fun and educated experience. House buying should feel like you're shopping with a friend, and I will keep you in the loop the entire time so you will not be wondering what you just signed or what happens next. It's that seamless, and we may even have lunch or dinner. I do this because when I started my real estate journey on the east coast, buying my first condo at the age of 18, I was clueless. I wished I had someone who had made that a stress free transaction- but it wasn't, and thats how I got the Real Estate bug. Let's take a step back first though to my first "job", I studied communications and entered the broadcasting industry. Through the years I purchased some more properties, and felt there was a gap that needed to be filled in the Real Estate profession. I set the bar very high on skill set & customer service. I have Real Estate Licenses in 4 states, which means I have more education, and training than most agents. My level of knowledge, strategy and experience is what sets me apart. I know how important being an astute negotiator is, being relentless, and answering the phone when it rings. I have earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA).

Meeting with people and traveling both east coast and west coast has given me a broad appreciation of the different laws, protections, and scenario's you encounter in real estate. Having the benefit of my communication background coupled with the vast knowledge of multi-state experience has been the backbone of my success.