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Are Condos a Profitable Investment Choice?

Hewitt Condos for RentCondos may give the impression like it is an ideal rental property. The usual first impressions are they are perfect because they usually have lower prices than single-family properties. However, those lower prices may come with hidden monthly costs that must be included in your calculations. For these and so many various reasons, the condos you found in Hewitt may or may not be the best fit for you.  Before acquiring a condo to utilize as an investment property, you have to be very careful to get all of the facts and information you need.

What makes condos such an enticing option? As with all investment properties, buying a condo to use as a rental has both benefits and drawbacks. The good news is there are a few things that make condos an attractive option:

  • Lower Cost: In several real estate markets, condos cost less than comparable single-family properties. If you are a new investor or if the cost is a primary issue, this makes buying a condo one way to overcome the cost barrier to entry.
  • Desirable Locations: Condos are often in or close to urban centers and vacation destinations, making them alluring to renters looking to be close to such areas. In places where single-family houses are in short supply, buying a condo can help you gain entry into new and different markets.
  • Less Maintenance: When you purchase a condo, certain maintenance tasks are often done for you. Condos often have small or no yards, and common areas are usually maintained by a building manager or condo association. This may translate to lower maintenance costs than a typical single-family house.
  • Amenities: Along with maintenance, some condo buildings will provide a selection of added amenities. Depending on the condo and management, included services could range from cable and internet, garbage and sewer costs, pest control, and more.

Buying a condo has numerous potential drawbacks. These negative aspects may even overshadow all of the benefits listed above. These drawbacks may include:

  • Condo Association Fees: For the most part, condos are part of a homeowner’s association that imposes a monthly fee. At times, and depending on how many services are provided, these fees can be surprisingly high. If such fees cover a lot of attractive amenities and services, they may be worth paying. But you need to take in all related condo fees, plus any potential special assessment fees, into your calculations. If you don’t, you could wind up making a costly investment mistake.
  • Financing Options: It can be difficult to secure financing for a condo than for a single-family property because conventional lenders often have strict rules for such loans. Some lenders may want assurances like proof that the condo building is at least 50% owner-occupied or that there are no current lawsuits against the condo association.
  • Renting Restrictions: Some condo associations limit when and to whom you can rent your condo. Some may even necessitate you to live in or own the condo for a full year before allowing you to rent it out.
  • Lower Appreciation: Condos typically gain in value at a different pace than single-family properties. If your investment goals do not rely on holding a property for many years, buying a condo that won’t appreciate very quickly is not a good option.

Eventually, buying a condo as an investment property only makes sense if the numbers make sense. By learning as much as you can about the true costs of buying and owning a condo, you can make the decision that best fits your investing goals. Once you find the right condo, make sure to contact Real Property Management Talent to help you with your investing goals. Give us a call at 254-401-0400 or contact us online today!

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