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Important Information For Buyers

When purchasing a condominium make sure that you ask for the last three to six months of the condominium minutes. This infomation will provide you with key insight into what is happening in the building.

Obtain a copy of the Declaration, the Bylaws, and all documented rules and regulations from the Condo Association.

To make sure you are buying into a financially sound building, it is also advisable to find out if the building has any outstanding loans with a bank. Some buildings may take out loans instead of doing a special assessment. It is a common way to finance major work such as new elevators or the exterior facade repair without calling a special assessment.

Make sure you obtain a statement from the Condo Association of any capital expenditures anticapted by the Board within the current or succeeding two fiscal years.

Find out from the Condo Association if there are any pending suits or judgements in which the Board is a party.

If the building is newer, find out if the parking is deeded or assigned and whether you can later sell it to a purchaser outside the building .Also, make sure you see the exact location of the garage spot before you write a contract to purchase the property. Buildings with substantial reserves and lower assessments tend to appreciate at a faster rate than other buildings in a similiar location. Keep in mind that assessments are based on the level of amenities in the building.

Resale in six flats tends to be higher than three flats. The rationale is that a six-flat unit is wider since it is constructed on a 50 x 125 foot lot.

The more horizontal a unit is the more apt it will have better resale value. Vertical units tend to have more hallways and stairs which eat up floor space. They also typically do not have split bedrooms.

The higher the ceilings in a unit the larger the unit will feel. Most people typically prefer 9 foot ceilings or higher and should realize a higher resale figure.