More than ever before, condo ownership represents an appealing alternative to traditional home ownership for all types of residents. Though condos have conventionally been the choice of singles and families without dependent children, more traditional families have begun experiencing the unique benefits of condo ownership. However, condos are certainly not for everyone. While condo ownership may provide access to certain amenities and limit time spent on upkeep, there can be certain restrictions – few of which are experienced by owners of single family homes. This article will consider the primary differences between condo and traditional home ownership. If you consider the facts in relation to your family’s goals, you may come to a better understanding of the best type of property for your family.
Two of the most important factors in determining what type of home is right for your family are location and lifestyle. If your family is looking to move to an urban environment where single family homes are scarce, a condo could be a good choice. In such markets, condos are always in high demand and appreciation often matches the best single family homes.
Additionally, if you live a busy life and can live without a large yard, a condo could help you live simply and happily. While most families with young children prefer single family homes for the added space, condos often provide amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts and large open areas to help families relax and play.
However, there is far more to consider than location and lifestyle when deciding which type of property is best for your family. Nearly all of the differences between houses and condos stem from the different types of ownership. In the simplest terms, owners of single family homes are entitled to exclusive ownership, while most condo owners are subject to certain forms of shared ownership.