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Pros & Cons of Choosing a Condo as Your First Home

by Jennifer Johansen 06/06/2021


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Condominiums can be an excellent option for first-time homebuyers. With lower upfront costs and great perks, a condo can definitely outshine a traditional detached home in many respects. However, even for new buyers a condo might not be the best choice. Here we will go over the main pros & cons of purchasing a condo as a new buyer.

Pros

No Yardwork - Condo buildings or communities always have a homeowners’ association that manages the day-to-day administration and care of the property. The homeowners’ association handles all the maintenance and upkeep of public spaces and utilities like parking, walkways, fencing and landscaping. Some condos have beautifully manicured gardens, lawns or other outdoor features and the residents don’t have to lift a finger to maintain it. If you’re somebody who’s dreamed of home ownership but dreaded the idea of taking care of your own yard, a condo can be a very convenient option.

Built-In Amenities - Living in a condo typically grants you access to several amenities and services provided only to residents. These amenities can include spas, fitness centers, swimming pools, sports courts and shared event space where you can host large groups. While you’ll have to pay a fee in order to access and help management maintain these facilities, you’ll have access to them at your convenience. If you’ve been trying to fit regular exercise into a busy schedule or want to play a sport with your family or roommates, this is a huge quality of life bonus over a detached single family home.

Cons

No Yard - The benefit of perfectly cared for landscaping comes the disadvantage of not having your own yard. Many condos have outdoor spaces, but those spaces are usually covered balconies or patios. Even condo units on the ground level of larger communities rarely have their own land to work with, which can be a real downside for people who like to garden. In a condo you won’t have as much room to work with for things like growing flowers, veggies or trees. Also, because of homeowner association rules, even if you have any gardening space, it will probably be subject to regulation. If you want a yard all to yourself and the freedom to care for it on your own, a condo might not be the best choice.

No Exterior Design Control - While you have the freedom to customize the inside of your condo, you can’t do anything to the outside of the building. This means no major renovations, repainting, changing windows or other customizations that would affect the exterior of your home. If you want to have freedom to change your home’s outside appearance or if you want a specific architectural design, a condo will unfortunately not fulfill this need.

Every condo community is different, so it’s important to weigh your options with those details in mind. A condo might be the perfect choice for a brand new homebuyer but not a good fit for others. Take some time to consider your priorities and preferences and you’ll figure out the best choice for your situation.

About the Author
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Jennifer Johansen

Jennifer is passionate about the Real Estate business, and has been involved in related family businesses in construction, architectural millwork, and finance for 20 years. She and her husband relocated to Naples, from New York, 10 years ago, although her family has owned property on Marco Island since the 1980's. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Dual Master's Degree in Counseling and Education. She has acquired many necessary skills that are useful in Real Estate from being in the field of Counseling for many years. She holds the belief that building rapport is vital to helping her clients have a positive experience, while achieving their goals. She is very thorough and detail oriented, and has formed many close relationships with professionals in related fields, such as law, title insurance, home inspectors and other contractors. She aims to offer concierge- level service to her clients at every price point. When time permits, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Having grown up on the South Shore of Long Island, and enjoying her summers on Fire Island, she loves any activity related to salt water, boating and the beach. Additional hobbies include gardening, art, and studying nutrition, wellness and naturopathy. She is knowledgeable about Naples and Marco Island Real Estate, in estate areas, golf/gated communities, and waterfront properties. She is a member of The Naples Board of Realtors and Marco Island Area Association of Realtors.