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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/3/2018

When it comes to finding a place for you and your family to live, there have never been more options available than today. Banks and property owners have made living arrangements available and accessible to people of any lifestyle; whether you plan on staying in a home for just six months, or for the rest of your life.

It isn’t always easy, though, to determine which option is best for you. In this article, we’ll break down the financial and lifestyle characteristics of the four most common living situations: condominiums, townhouses, apartments, or owning your own home.

Condo living

Condominiums are a type of community living. But, they’re more than just an apartment that you own. Most condos are attached; meaning they’re not separated by yards and driveways. Some, however, are detached. One thing that is true for all condos, however, are the common areas throughout the development. This can include things like a park, yards, gyms, pools, or lounges and cafes. The best part about those amenities? You don’t have to worry about their upkeep.

So, since you own the condo, who pays for the common areas? Odds are, you’ll be paying a monthly fee or a homeowners association fee to upkeep the amenities your condo came with. Expect higher fees for better amenities and prime real estate location.

What about maintenance? Since you own the condo, you’re responsible for much of the interior maintenance, such as appliances. However, outdoor issues like roofing or siding are usually the responsibility of the homeowners association or property manager.

Condos are ideal for people who are somewhat committed to an area, and who want independence over their home without having to take care of all the landscaping.

Townhouses

Townhouses are in many ways the opposite of condos. They are often rented but they look like single family homes, complete with a driveway and front yard. There are also typically homeowners association fees for townhouses, but they can be significantly less since there are fewer amenities in a townhouse living environment.

Depending on your long-term plans, you can either rent or buy townhouses. Renting is usually a better choice for inhabitants who don’t plan on staying in the residence for more than a couple of years.

Homeownership

If what you truly seek in a home is independence and privacy then traditional homeownership might be the best option for you. If you own a home outright and don’t have to answer to a homeowners association, you get to choose what you do with your yard. There are of course, some limits to this, like getting additions approved by zoning boards, or trampolines signed off by your insurance company.

Financially, homes can be a good asset. They typically increase in value and allow you to build equity. You might also find them more financially dependable; rents can increase year after year, but your monthly mortgage payments typically won’t unless you choose to refinance.

Ultimately, buying a home is going to benefit you more the longer you stay there. So, if you plan on moving for work in the next few years, you might be better off renting.





Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 2/4/2018

Looking to sell your condo? You're in luck, as there is high demand for condos across the United States.

As a condo seller, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to find ways to maximize the value of your property. By doing so, you'll be able to evaluate your condo, understand its strengths and weaknesses and take the right steps to enhance your property's appearance.

Moreover, there are several factors that you should consider before you add your condo to the housing market, including:

1. Your Condo's Condition

How will property buyers feel when they see your condo for the first time? Ultimately, you'll want your condo to make a positive first impression on homebuyers. To accomplish this goal, you may need to complete assorted home improvement tasks to enhance your condo both inside and out.

A property appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable, as this assessment will allow you to learn about your condo's condition. During the evaluation, a home appraiser will take a close look around your condo and offer honest, unbiased recommendations that you can use to improve your residence.

2. Your Timeline

You know that you want to sell your condo, but how quickly would you like to relocate to a new address? Understand your condo selling timeline, and you'll be able to plan accordingly.

For a condo seller who wants to move as soon as possible, establishing a competitive price from the get-go is essential. This price will help your condo stand out from other properties that are available and increase your chances of a quick condo sale.

3. Condo Rules and Regulations

If you plan to sell your condo, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Therefore, you should check with your homeowners' association (HOA) to see if there are any rules or requirements that must be followed when you sell your property.

For example, some condo communities may require HOA board approval for a new property owner. Or, if you live in a gated condo community, you should find out whether permission is needed to host an open house to showcase your property to a broad range of property buyers.

Selling a condo may seem like a complex process, particularly for those who are listing a property for the first time. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to help you get the best results.

Employing a real estate agent with condo selling experience is paramount. With this real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble optimizing the value of your condo.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up condo showings, negotiate with property buyers on your behalf. This real estate professional also will respond to your condo selling concerns and queries, ensuring you can make informed property selling decisions.

Don't leave anything to chance when you sell your condo. Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can boost your chances of a seamless property sale.




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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 8/24/2017

This Condo in Franklin, MA recently sold for $230,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Cindy Gleichauf - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.


69 HIGHWOOD DRIVE, Franklin, MA 02038

Condo

$229,900
Price
$230,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Nestled away in a premier end unit location on a quiet street in Franklin is the updated townhouse with so many possibilities! Bright paint, flowing floor plan and the opportunity for either a first or second floor master make this 2 FULL bathroom home appealing for a variety of buyers! Updated kitchen complete with granite counters and cabinetry, creates a cosmetic "sparkle" that simply enhances the logical upgrades of windows, flooring and lighting. Spacious bedrooms and a flex area for dining and living create a floor plan that will accomodate a variety of set ups while providing ample space. Private back yard can be easily enjoyed in this "single family" feel unit, close to shopping and major routes! Come turn the key in this well maintained complex!!

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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/1/2017

This Condo in Franklin, MA recently sold for $229,900. This Low-Rise style home was sold by Cindy Gleichauf - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.


24 Shayne Road, Franklin, MA 02038

Condo

$229,900
Price
$229,900
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This is the condo you have been waiting for! Franklin Heights is in a scenic location, nestled in the woods, and this top floor unit takes advantage of the beautiful natural view, ever changing with the seasons. Ready for one-level living? Stairs are optional with a convenient elevator and handicapped accessible ramp entrance. Lovingly maintained with tasteful neutral decor, every detail has been attended to so that the new owner can move right in. Enjoy the warm weather months either in central air conditioning or catching breezes on the balcony! Granite counter tops and glass tile back splash adorn the cheerful white kitchen. The in-unit laundry room accommodates a full size washer and dryer, and all appliances are included. The master bedroom is large enough for king-sized furniture, and the master closet is over-sized to match! The common areas in the building have a sophisticated look with classic moldings throughout. Hurry because this one will not last!

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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 4/12/2017


24 Shayne Road, Franklin, MA 02038

Condo

$229,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This is the condo you have been waiting for! Franklin Heights is in a scenic location, nestled in the woods, and this top floor unit takes advantage of the beautiful natural view, ever changing with the seasons. Ready for one-level living? Stairs are optional with a convenient elevator and handicapped accessible ramp entrance. Lovingly maintained with tasteful neutral decor, every detail has been attended to so that the new owner can move right in. Enjoy the warm weather months either in central air conditioning or catching breezes on the balcony! Granite counter tops and glass tile back splash adorn the cheerful white kitchen. The in-unit laundry room accommodates a full size washer and dryer, and all appliances are included. The master bedroom is large enough for king-sized furniture, and the master closet is over-sized to match! The common areas in the building have a sophisticated look with classic moldings throughout. Hurry because this one will not last!
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