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Condo or House - Buy a Home - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

So, you're looking at South Bend homes for sale, and you see many different types of properties with different square footage and features. Should you buy a house? Or should you buy a condo? Each has its benefits and drawbacks. One has a pool and is close to downtown. The other has a fenced-in yard and is in the suburbs. Since homeownership and condo living are two different experiences, what you decide to buy will come down to your needs, preferences, and overall financial picture.

How Are Condos and Houses Different?

A condominium is a private residential unit within a larger building or complex. Condos are more like apartments, so they're a denser form of housing. Condo owners have full control over what happens inside their home, but the exterior of the building and common areas are owned and maintained by a condo board or homeowners association (HOA). Condos are usually found in more urban areas and are very popular with investors, downsizers, and first-time buyers.

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Buy a Condo - Cressy & Everett Real Estate

If you're tired of paying rent but would like to pay a bit less than a typical single-family home costs, buying a condo in Saint Joseph, MI can offer the best of both worlds for some buyers. You'll own your unit and will build equity, but outside maintenance will be taken care of. In addition, prices for condos tend to be less than those for single-family homes.

Our real estate agents suggest the following five things to look for if you're thinking about buying a condo:

  1. What amenities are available?
    One advantage of condo living is that you may be able to enjoy amenities that many homeowners don't have. St. Joseph has some high-end condos with water views, so you may be able to have some impressive extras that might not have fit into your budget otherwise. You may also have access to other amenities such as a pool, tennis court, greenspace or fitness center. And if you like to socialize, look for a community that hosts events for its residents at the property's clubhouse.

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