Condominium living is gaining in popularity these days and this is especially true with Phoenix real estate. The idea of living in a desirable location with desirable attributes, such as affordable housing and low maintenance along with the enhanced security features is appealing to those buyers that opt to invest in a condominium.
However, investing in a Phoenix condominium is not an easy matter. There are a lot of tasks that need to be considered before decisions are made. If you are thinking of investing in a condominium here’s a checklist of questions to ask before investing a condominium.
Are you planning on living in a condominium, rent it out, or re-sell it? How many units are you going to invest and how many rooms? These things are worth looking into in choosing the condo that is right for you or your family. It is also important to decide on whether you are going to live in high rise or low rise building. Beyond the amazing city view, determine if there is a family member that has fear of heights so you’ll be guided appropriately.
How much will you be willing to invest in a condominium? What other fees will be incorporated in the ownership of a condominium? Most developers have association fees to maintain and other recurring costs. Make sure you understand you tax obligation on your unit and how it is computed. Most importantly is to understand the current financials of the Home Owner Association (HOA) as moving into a condo that is about to demand assessments for maintenance, etc., is a surprise you don’t need.
How accessible is the condo to schools, offices and other conveniences? Nowadays, people are opting to invest in a condominium for proximity to these conveniences, so it is important to choose a condo that is close to the places you frequently want to frequent. There are also mixed-use condominiums that are partially residential and commercial providing many of the wants and needs you may need in the same building.
Rules and Restrictions
Every condominium is governed by its rules and restrictions set for its residents. These may be very strict or relaxed. These are necessary to ensure that condominiums are properly operated and maintained. How are repairs and renovations processed? Or is alteration of the unit space and appearance allowed? Are pets allowed? How many occupants are allowed in your unit? Know all the covenants and restrictions of your HOA because this is what you’re signing up for and what you’re going to live with for the duration of your ownership of your unit.
Condominiums can be a complete community within one complex offering a wide range of social and recreational activities. Before choosing the right condo for you, consider the target market of the condominium. Many condominiums are especially suited for a certain lifestyle, such as young professionals and families with young children and some are age restricted. Some of the condominiums have commercial establishments on the ground floor and it may not be suitable to your lifestyle.
What are the amenities offered by the condominium? Will they be of use to you? Most condominiums offer a variety of amenities so pick one with amenities that are of use to you such as parking space, concierge service or a gym that may compliment your lifestyle. For those with kids, one with a swimming pool and playground is a good pick.
You also need to consider the track record of the real estate developer. Further, there are many real estate agents and other professionals available that will be able to assist you along the way. A skilled and trustworthy real estate agent that understands condominiums and HOA’s can help you save time, energy, and money. Once you have answered the questions you need to consider in investing in a condominium and your REALTOR® has answered your questions you can pursue your purchase with peace of mind and enjoy your new abode.
If your choice in Phoenix real estate includes a condominium or a luxury valley home, give us a call or email us. Phoenix real estate is our full time business and our Luxury Valley Homes team is here to help you with your real estate requirements.