Buying condos and townhouses has become extremely popular in recent, likely because so many young adults have begun graduating from college, getting their first jobs, realizing that they’ll probably never be able to pay off all their student loans, and deciding that buying a house is simply too financially risky. It’s no secret that the real estate industry wasn’t exactly anticipating this shift in property sales, and most young people looking for their own homes weren’t exactly expecting the industry to be quite so confusing.
So if you happen to be interesting in buying a townhome, or you know someone else who is, here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:
- Before looking into buying a townhome, it’s important to realize that it’s sort of like living in a little community with specific rules. These rules usually focus on things like pets, being allowed outdoor grills, being able to garden around your property, being able to change the interior of your property, and regulations regarding parking. Whether you’re looking to buy a townhome or you’re looking at townhomes for rent, you’ll still have to abide by the community rules.
- Because buying a townhome is similar to buying a house, it’s a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you agree to anything concrete. This will help you figure out what your price range is, and it will narrow down which townhomes and condos you should even consider.
- If you really some extra help, the best thing to do is to call a real estate agent who specializes in selling townhouses. Of course, you’ll end up paying a little extra than you would if you searched for townhomes on your own (due to commission and extra fees), but these experts will be able to direct you toward good areas and will filter out properties that are outside your price range or don’t have the extra amenities you’re looking for.
Now it’s your turn — if you’ve bought a townhouse before, what tips would you give to a first-time buyer? Be sure to let us know in the comments section! Read more articles like this.