Why a Condo May Be a Great Option for Your First Home

Having a hard time finding a first home that's right for you and your wallet? Well, here's a tip – think about condominiums, or condos for short.

They're usually smaller than single-family homes, but that's exactly why they can be easier on your budget. According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), condos are typically less expensive than single-family homes (see graph below):

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So, if you're comfortable with a smaller space and want to buy your first home this year, adding condos to your search might be easier on your wallet.

Besides giving you more options for your home search and maybe fitting your budget better, living in a condo has a bunch of other perks, too. According to Rocket Mortgage:

“From community living to walkable urban areas, condos are great options for first-time home buyers and people looking to enjoy homeownership without extensive upkeep.”

Let’s dive into a few of the draws of condos for first-time buyers from Bankrate:

  • They require less maintenance. Condos are great if you want to own your place but don't want to mow the lawn, shovel snow, or fix the roof. Your real estate agent can help explain any associated fees and details for the condos you’re interested in.
  • They allow you to start building equity. When you buy a condo, you build equity and your net worth as you make your mortgage payments and as your condo’s value goes up over time.
  • They often come with added amenities. Your condo might come with access to amenities like a pool, dog park, or parking. And the best part? You don’t have to take care of any of them.
  • They provide you with a sense of community. Buying a condo means you'll be living close to other people, which is nice if you enjoy having neighbors around and making friends. Many condo communities hold fun events like barbecues and parties during holidays for everyone to enjoy.

Remember, your first home doesn't have to be the one you stay in forever. The important thing is to get your foot in the door as a homeowner so you can start to gain home equity. Later on, that equity can help you buy another place if you need something different.

Ultimately, owning and living in a condo is a lifestyle choice. And if it’s one that appeals to you, they could provide the added options you need in today’s market.

Bottom Line

It might be a good idea to think about condos in your home search. If you're ready to see what's out there, let's get in touch today.

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$625,000
Neighborhood: Warm Mineral Spgs
11
Beds
10
Baths
2,550
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
1
Day on Site
N6133391
MLS
$539,900
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 071
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,705
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
D6136998
MLS
$675,000
Neighborhood: Rotonda West Broadmoor
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,420
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
2
Days on Site
N6129431
MLS
$544,900
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 072
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,098
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
3
Days on Site
C7494053
MLS
$749,999
Neighborhood: Hrbr Heights
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,629
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
3
Days on Site
C7493333
MLS
$650,000
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 043
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,559
Sq.Ft.
1971
Year Built
4
Days on Site
C7493878
MLS
$729,500
Neighborhood: Punta Gorda Isles Sec 17
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,767
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
5
Days on Site
C7493872
MLS
$599,900
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 58
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,085
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
5
Days on Site
C7493823
MLS
Open 6/15
9203 Griggs Rd #304 Englewood,  FL 34224
$825,000
Neighborhood: Grande Preserve On Lemon Bay P
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,028
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
6
Days on Site
C7492853
MLS
$544,900
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 072
6
Beds
4
Baths
1,098
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
7
Days on Site
C7493889
MLS
$875,000
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 049
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,872
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
15
Days on Site
N6133064
MLS
Open 6/15
17926 Grand Prosperity Dr Venice,  FL 34293
$635,000
Neighborhood: Sunstone Village F5 Ph 1A & 1B
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,005
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
16
Days on Site
C7493181
MLS

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