How to Find The Right Condo

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How to Find The Right Condo
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Several factors and considerations need to be kept in mind while buying a condo, especially when you are a beginner and have no prior knowledge regarding real estate affairs.

There are many reasons why you may wish to buy a condo. They are hugely in demand due to their benefits as condos are affordable and also very easy to manage. But you need to find the right condo if you wish to enjoy all the benefits that it has to offer.

Keep in mind that condos aren’t cheaper so you need to be careful when investing your money in a one. Yes, they can give you good returns, but this happens only if you invest carefully.

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If you are planning on buying a condo then you have landed on the right page. Given below is a short but effective guide on finding the right condo.

Calculate Your Budget And Inspect Condos In Your Range

It would be a waste of time to look for condos that are outside of your budget, hence not feasible for you. Therefore, your first step should involve researching for condos that are in your budget. Be sure of the amount of money you are willing to spend on a new condo.

Next, start your search and narrow it down based on your financial limitations. If you have an agent doing the job for you, let him or her know of your budget. Similarly, most websites will also allow you to choose your budget when looking for a condo, so make sure to search accordingly and eliminate what you do not need.

Inspect The Location

Location is essential. Make sure there are schools and other such facilities, such as hospitals and parts nearby.

Know The Rules

Many condos have distinct rules that need to be followed by all the residents. For example, some buildings do not allow pets, and such a rule can be troublesome if you have pets. So make sure to go through the rules and pick a condo that meets your requirements.

ROI

Calculate the expected resale value of the place in case you have to sell it in the future. Invest your money in a condo that has a good future value so that you can make a profit.

Maintenance

Nobody likes a messy place. Inquire who the management is and if there’s a person who cleans up the place regularly. Find out who maintains the building because upkeep is very essential. It helps in increasing the resale value of your condo and will interest buyers if the place is cleaned and maintained.

Verdict

Buying a condo is a complex process which is why you need to be smart and make sure that you follow these tips before you buy a condo in the neighbourhood.

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Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on India and South East Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report. -- He can be emailed at [email protected]
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