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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 2/21/2018

Buying a condo represents a life-changing investment. As such, you'll want to allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure that purchasing a condo is right for you.

So what does it take to determine whether to purchase a condo? Here are three tips for those who are evaluating the pros and cons of buying a condo.

1. Understand What Condo Life Is All About

A condo and a house are two very different types of properties. Thus, you'll want to understand what condo life is all about before you purchase a condo.

For example, homeowners likely will have a front yard and backyard that they will need to maintain year-round. Homeowners also can plant a garden, install an in-ground pool and perform various home maintenance and upgrade projects at any time.

On the other hand, condo owners frequently live in closer proximity to one another in comparison to homeowners. This means condo owners likely won't have to mow their own lawns or shovel their walkways in winter. However, condo owners might lack the space to set up a personal garden, and they may require homeowners association (HOA) approval to complete any home exterior modifications as well.

2. Know the HOA Fees

Although you'll pay a mortgage as part of a condo purchase, you will still need to consider the HOA fees in addition to your monthly mortgage costs.

HOA fees cover the costs of insurance, maintenance and other property expenses. Plus, if your condo's roof is severely damaged or destroyed, you should be covered thanks to your HOA fees.

To learn about your HOA fees, you can contact the HOA directly. Also, your real estate agent will be able to provide insights into the HOA fees associated with a condo.

3. Collaborate with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

When it comes to purchasing a condo, all real estate agents are not created equal.

Finding a real estate agent who possesses many years of experience with condos is paramount. This real estate agent will be able to help you understand the ins and outs of condo life, examine HOA fees closely and discover whether a condo purchase is right for you.

Furthermore, your real estate agent should be able to help you along each stage of the homebuying journey. He or she will be able to set up condo showings, assess condos that match your price range and provide expert homebuying tips as you move along the homebuying journey.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent understands that the process of buying a condo can be challenging. As a result, your real estate agent is happy to respond to your concerns and queries. That way, if you're uncertain about purchasing a condo, you can consult with your real estate agent and get the best support possible.

Hire a real estate agent with condo experience Ė you'll be glad you did. With this real estate professional at your disposal, you should have no trouble finding your dream condo in no time at all.




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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 11/15/2015

When it comes to searching for a home, there are a lot of factors that you have to consider. This is especially the case if you are shopping for condos, as you will be sharing a lot of common space with your neighbors as well. The first thing to look into is the overall interactivity that goes on within the block of condos you are considering to make your home. In most cases, it is always better to find a condo that has an interactive community, because this in turn means that you never have to worry that someone might not be doing their part in keeping the block of properties maintained and in good condition. One thing to be careful of is that some communities do not allow pets, and so if you are looking for a condo for you and your pets, then you need to make sure that the community has no problem with this. In the end, you have to find a condo that is able to be comfortable to live in, and where there is the least amount of stress. While it can be very beneficial to live in a community, it can at times be stressful if you are not one to go by strenuous rules. For some people, the idea of owning a home means that they have the freedom of choice to do what they want in their property. One of the most important things to look into when buying a condo is the condo fees. What are they and what will they be down the road? Are they set condo fees, or could they become too costly to pay down the road? Some condos fees go up to the point that makes the great price you got on the condo not look so great because of what you are paying in taxes and condo fees. One of pluses of a condo is no maintenance and a lot of people really like that especially in your later years when you donít want to mow the lawn or shovel the sidewalks. A condo is a great option for many buyers and you can generally get into a condo for a fair price.





Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 8/5/2015


300 Falmouth Rd, Mashpee: Mashpee (village), MA 02649

Mashpee (village)

Condo

$154,800
Price

4
Total Rooms
2.00
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Ready to move in 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the recently updated Summerwood. Cool off in the association pool, and then unwind in the comfort of a nicely appointed condo. Dine in the light and bright kitchen, or exit through a sliding door to the private back patio. The carpeted living room is a great place to talk, read or enjoy your favorite TV show, before heading up to bed. Both bathrooms have bead board wainscoting, tile floors, and updated fixtures. Summerwood has just undergone a major re-siding and roofing project, and the main roadway has just been repaved. Check it out today.
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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 8/5/2015

This Condo in Falmouth, MA recently sold for $210,000. This style home was sold by Office Barrett Real Estate - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY.


82 Forest Glade, Falmouth: East Falmouth, MA 02536

East Falmouth

Condo

$210,000
Price
$210,000
Sale Price

4
Total Rooms
2.00
Beds
1
Baths
Rare 1 Bedroom unit in desirable waterfront Condo Community.

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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 7/31/2015


17 Hydrangea Ln, Mashpee: New Seabury, MA 02649

New Seabury

Condo

$328,800
Price

3
Total Rooms
1.00
Beds
1
Baths
Fabulous Ocean Bluff views from this absolutely charming seaside, one bedroom villa in Maushop Village that sleeps 5. Steps to your own private, deeded ocean beach. Many upgrades by this owner. Open floor plan with cathedral ceiling great room, open to kitchen and GORGEOUS sunroom that has water views, cathedral ceiling and a day bed. Wide pine floors throughout. Two patios for plenty of space to entertain. Lots of storage with 3 outdoor sheds, attic and crawl space. Being sold fully furnished. This replica of a Nantucket style cottage offers the quintessential Cape Cod experience surrounded by beach plums and cobblestone walkways. Just a short walk to the Popponesset Marketplace, Beach Club, New Seabury Country Club and short drive to Mashpee Commons! Come see if this is the ONE for YOU!
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August 02 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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