If you are thinking about buying a house in the near future, you should give the purchase of a condominium some consideration. There are many advantages that a condo has over a house, so you should understand what they have to offer before buying your home.
Condominiums are cheaper
This isn't true in every area of a city, but for the most part you will discover that condominiums sell for less than houses when you look at the same number of rooms and approximately the same square footage. This means you may have the option of putting a smaller down payment on a condo, or you may put the same amount you planned to put on a house. If you do the latter, because the total price is less you will have lower monthly payments, given the same interest rates and number of years you planned on financing the house. Whichever way you decide to finance a condo, you will likely be saving money compared to buying a house.
Condominiums have many amenities
Most condos will have the same amenities as a high-end apartment. These are things you can get with luxury homes. Things such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, and gated communities are just a few examples. Granted, you can have a pool built, or perhaps you can buy a home with a pool, but many condominium complexes have resort-style pools that are larger than you will likely get in a home. These amenities are only typical; luxury condominiums offer things you are not likely to have with any house, such as tennis courts and a golf course. The greatest amenity is often the location of the condominium. Because of their design, they are often located closer to the entertainment and shopping areas of a city than a housing tract.
Condominiums offer convenience of upkeep
Although you own the condo, everything on the outside is taken care of by your homeowner association fee. The painting and repairs of the exterior of the building are done for you, along with all the landscaping. Things such as a pool are taken care of as well. You are only responsible for the upkeep of the interior of your condo. This includes such things are painting, carpet, tile, etc. -- the same things you would be responsible for with a house.
Keep in mind that condominiums are not for everyone. Some people do prefer the isolation of private property. However, a condominium will appreciate like a house does, so it is an investment. You may find that a condominium is more attractive than a house, so you owe it to yourself to at least look at available condos for sale.