Condos Vs Houses
People who are considering purchasing a place to live have many different options to consider. Pre-existing homes, new homes, condominiums, townhomes, and unimproved property all have benefits and drawbacks for potential buyers. When it comes to first-time homeowners, the two most popular types of property for purchase are condominiums and free-standing homes.
The location of a property is often the first consideration for people looking to purchase a home. Condominiums are typically located in urban areas, which appeals to some homebuyers. Condos typically highlight the benefits of urban living, and are often placed in close proximity to shopping, bars, and entertainment districts. Condominiums often come with Homeowners’ Associations that maintain common areas and sometimes handle services like water and trash pick up.
There also may be drawbacks to owning a condominium. The price per square foot in most condominium units is usually significantly higher than free-standing homes. Because of this, condominium units tend to be smaller than houses and homebuyers looking for lots of free space may not want to purchase a condo. Although some neighborhoods have homeowner’s associations, most condominiums are required to have an institution like an HOA to maintain the property. Some homebuyers do not like the restrictions required by HOA’s and may look for homes in neighborhoods without such regulations.
People looking to buy a home often are looking for more space than the average condominium buyer. Individuals who like to enjoy the privacy of a backyard and parking in an attached garage may opt to buy a house over a condominium unit. Homes tend to feature more space per-square-foot, and people who need more space for children or other family members may find that their money is best spent by investing in a house.
What some people discover after buying a house is that all of the maintenance quickly falls on the shoulders of the homeowner. It is up to the homeowner to maintain his or her yard, fix anything that might break, and maintain the exterior and interior of the home as needed. People who do not enjoy yard work or who do not wish to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining a house often opt to purchase a condominium instead.
For more information on purchasing homes, condos, or property in the Austin area, visit the website of the Austin real estate professionals of the Carvajal group.