7 Reasons for Buying a Condominium

Hi Everyone:

I’ve been invited to speak to a Heritage Group, comprised of retiree’s who are interested in learning more about the condominium life style. In preparation for this presentation, I’ve examined some of the main reasons what makes a condominium so popular, and some of the advantages that come with this life-style. By the way, condos come in different types.

So here we go: 7 Reasons for Buying a Condominium

1) A cost-effective alternative to houses.

I’ve just listed and sold a 700 sq ft bi-level home which received 11 offers and sold for well over $200,000. No garage, no appliances included, nothing fancy…a good solid house with a few upgrades. By comparison, there is an 1100 ft condominium, with central air and central furnace, insuite laundry and all appliances that will sell for approx. $165,000. For First Time Buyers, who are sick of the bidding wars, this is an excellent alternative.

2) Lifestyle

Do you like to travel? Or perhaps you’re both working full time and looking after the house and yard is a chore you simply don’t have time for? A Condominium offer a simple ‘lock-up-and-go’ lifestyle. In many cases, your neighbours won’t even know you’re gone,….unless you tell them.

3) No Yardwork

Getting tired of shoveling all winter, and mowing all summer? Is house and yard maintenance weighing you down, or simply getting away from you? In a Condominium, you don’t have to lift a finger. Walks are shoveled, grass is cut, garbage is picked up and halls and common grounds are cleaned and maintained. Just enjoy…

4) Security of a Condominium

A Condominium (especially Highrise Units) offers secure entrances, with security cameras and often even patrolling security companies. As a former police officer I can tell you that break-ins to high-rise condos are rare. While they DO occur, when compared to break-ins to houses, they are statistically insignificant. Piece of mind living in a secure condo.

5) Community

Many condominium owners find that in a condo, their neighbours are enjoying a similar lifestyle, and so they have more in common with these folks. Many condos also offer “common-rooms” where people can get together and talk, or fitness rooms, pools etc etc. This is especially true for the 55+ buildings where all your neighbours are in a similar age group as yourself.

6) Lower Operating Costs

In most condos, especially in the highrise and townhouse variety, the building insurance is already included in the condominium fee. As is the water-bill. And sometimes the heat and hydro as well. Building maintenance is included, so you dont have to worry about replacing a furnace, or the shingles or the windows. And if heat is NOT included, heating a 1000 sq ft apartment style suite is far less expensive than the average 1000 ft bungalow, often even as low as half the cost. (Thats because the units above, below and beside you help insulate you from the elements)

7) Benefits of Home Ownership

With some limitations, condominium …

Condominium ManagementCondominium or condo management is a specialized kind of home management. House management providers need to have experience with price range improvement. If a neighborhood has community improvement projects coming down the pipe, the maintenance budget will probably require to improve as soon as the projects are completed. Encounter with price range improvement assists a person to coordinate maintenance measures that meet a community’s maintenance wants without having compromising its budgetary demands.

A provider of condo management services need to possess at least a standard understanding of how developing systems function. Sewer systems, HVAC systems, electrical systems, roof systems, and other varieties of constructing systems call for scheduled maintenance, and will ultimately want to be replaced or repaired. Unless the overseer of constructing maintenance has an understanding of these systems, the neighborhood could finish up paying for unnecessary replacements or repairs.

The crawlspace underneath first-floor condominiums can accumulate pools of water during the wet months. When this happens, it creates a ideal environment for fungus to develop. If initial-floor units accumulate water in a crawlspace, vendors of condo management solutions can reseal the space and vacuum up standing water to avert fungus development.

• Develop a upkeep manual, have it incorporated into the homeowners’ association by-laws and require that homeowners be educated about their responsibilities for upkeep and following the stated suggestions. Make the provisions of the manual binding upon the homeowners’ association.

Where will we see the positive aspects of our management charges? You will see the positive aspects of hiring a trustworthy, ethical specialist in your property values. Thorough, correct financial and legislated record-maintaining consideration to standard maintenance and replacement concerns enforcement of bylaws and an suitable reserve fund will be worth far much more to today’s savvy purchasers who often hire experts to evaluation the Corporation’s affairs in detail, prior to getting a unit in your property.

For the Involved Board, your Manager will take direction and carry out the particular tasks you (reasonably) request of them (an instance of this requires the Vice-Chair who frequently walks the home and sends a list of upkeep things and by-law infractions to the Manager to engage the contractors and send letters to the offending residents). For the Less-Involved Board, your Manager need to advise you of maintenance products and by-law infractions and even though they might act within the authority permitted to them by the Management Contract, they need to nevertheless report to the Board and should have such actions ratified by the Board.

Neighborhood association management is advantageous to the everyday organization affairs of the designated governing group. It is not the very same as home management since the service does not revolve around rental units. A provider can provide three sorts of managers to assist with this process. An on-site supervisor is present within the community and handles all of the daily operations. Portfolio managers are not as intricately involved simply because they oversee a lot of communities. A massive-scale supervisor is certified to manage larger communities …