Condos & Homeownership: What You Need to Know

September 21st, 2021

Many prospective buyers ask questions about the nature of the ownership interest when purchasing property and wonder whether they acquire permanent ownership when buying a condo. Owning a condo is considered permanent but qualified ownership and is somewhat different from homeownership. Although the freedom to introduce changes in the unit is limited by the condo rules and is subject to third-party approval, this specific kind of ownership presents clear advantages. Many problems condo owners have to face are the responsibility of and are resolved by the homeowners’ association, which charges a fee for these services. So, if you are looking to purchase an exclusive Marina Park condo for sale or another top area in San Diego, read on to learn more about condos, property ownership, and their effect on homeownership. Condos-Homeownership-What-You-Need-to-Know.jpg

Does owning a condo make you a homeowner?

Condo owners are legally considered homeowners. The main difference between owning a condominium and a single-family home is the type of ownership. Condo buyers own the condominium unit itself and an “interest” (along with all the other owners) in the common areas of the condominium project. In practical terms, the most significant difference between buying a home and a condo is the condo’s rules and the homeowners association fees associated with buying a condo.  These fees, also known as HOA fees, are costs paid by the condo owner that cover the upkeep of common areas, the building, and in some cases, the utility costs. Although these costs may be considerable, they are paid for a clear purpose. They ensure the peace of mind of condo owners who do not have to deal with everyday problems other homeowners may face.

Is owning a condo the same as owning a house?

Some significant differences exist between the ownership of a condo and house ownership. With a condo, you purchase the exclusive rights to the interior space of your unit. However, the land, outer walls, grounds, and facilities are owned in common with the other owners in the condo complex. A “fee simple” homeownership grants the exclusive ownership of the building and the land it is built on.

The ownership of a condo ensures most of the rights that come along with buying a freestanding property. But, the freedom to introduce changes is limited in a condo. This is due to the shared nature of its ownership and the need for approval of the homeowner association (HOA). Otherwise, owners are free to use and dispose of their condo property at will.

However, as a counterbalance to these limitations, condos do come with numerous perks. They are affordable, constructed in nice areas, and represent pleasant compounds to live in. Additionally, condo owners are granted access to many common facilities condos tend to have. These areas include gyms, pools, playgrounds, and more. Other people and professionals are in charge of the compound’s security and the upkeep of most of the utilities. These are very often considerations that make potential buyers, and especially younger people, opt for when purchasing new property. Is-owning-a-condo-the-same-as-owning-a-house.jpg

Looking for exclusive property in Marina Park or a condo for sale in San Diego?

Here at Neuman & Neuman, we provide premium real estate service near Petco Park or anywhere across San Diego. Our team of seasoned real estate agents will do their all to find the perfect property in line with your preferences.

With over three decades in the industry, we are the leading real estate agents in the region. Reach out to our experts today for more information and to book an appointment. We’re standing by for your call!

 

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