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What You Need to Know About Condo Shopping in the Winter
What You Need to Know About Condo Shopping in the Winter

What You Need to Know About Condo Shopping in the Winter

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Dan Bergman Traditionally, the winter is a no man’s land in residential real estate. There are fewer homes on the market, and fewer home shoppers. And it makes sense: Between the rush of the holidays and the inclement weather, shopping for a condo in the winter can be difficult. That said, some people do…
10 Favorite Blogs for Condo Owners
10 Favorite Blogs for Condo Owners

10 Favorite Blogs for Condo Owners

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Condo and Co-op style living is quite different from renting an apartment or buying a house. There are all kinds of rules and financial procedures to follow, and a home owner’s association (HOA) to contend with. If you’re new to the condo scene, or even if you’re a veteran condo owner, we’re pretty sure you…
What’s Fair for Your HOA Dues?
What’s Fair for Your HOA Dues?

What’s Fair for Your HOA Dues?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Ali Donoghue What do Homeowners Association (HOA) dues, insurance premiums and car payments have in common? No one particularly likes them, but everyone recognizes their necessity. And everyone wants to pay less. But, before you howl that your HOA dues are too high, you need to understand what causes dues to be higher and…
It’s Cheaper to Own Than Rent: Should You Buy a Condo Now?
It’s Cheaper to Own Than Rent: Should You Buy a Condo Now?

It’s Cheaper to Own Than Rent: Should You Buy a Condo Now?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It is now better to own than to rent in ALL of the 100 largest metro areas. According to an analysis by the real estate site Trulia, it’s 38% cheaper to own (including mortgage, insurance, taxes and maintenance) than to rent. There are two key reasons for this amazing advantage: 30-year fixed mortgage rates are…
How to Check If Your Condo Has a Criminal Past
How to Check If Your Condo Has a Criminal Past

How to Check If Your Condo Has a Criminal Past

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A version of this post by James White was originally posted by MyFirstApartment.com It’s the spooky time of the year again, so let’s take a look at another one of condo buyer’s nightmares – unknowingly purchasing a place with a criminal past. Yes, it can and does happen with rentals as well as sales.  The…
7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Make a Kitchen Feel Bigger
7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Make a Kitchen Feel Bigger

7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Make a Kitchen Feel Bigger

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By David Glenn The kitchen is the heart of your home, but a tiny, cramped kitchen just isn’t all that inviting—for you or your guests. While a complete kitchen renovation may be way out of your budget right now, here are some simple ways to make a kitchen look and feel bigger than it is.…
Be a Smart Co-Op Buyer: Know the Terminalogy
Be a Smart Co-Op Buyer: Know the Terminalogy

Be a Smart Co-Op Buyer: Know the Terminalogy

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You might be an inexperienced, first-time co-op buyer, but nobody needs to know that if you study the co-op terminology before meeting with your broker. To help you decipher all the terms, the National Association of Housing Co-operatives has put together a complete co-op glossary.  You’ll learn the difference between FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and HFA (Housing Finance Agency)…
5 Renovations You Can DIY
5 Renovations You Can DIY

5 Renovations You Can DIY

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Owning your first condo is a special experience and you are eager to make the space your own. However, you might not have the money to invest in large-scale renovations.  Thankfully, there are plenty of small projects – with big impact – that you can easily do yourself on a limited budget.  (Just remember to skip these five that you should never try…
Bloggers Wanted!
Bloggers Wanted!

Bloggers Wanted!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My First Condo wants to hire two bloggers who are looking to buy their first condo or co-op. We’d like you to write about the whole process, from the start of the search through closing. You should plan to write updates about your progress at least couple of times a month. We pay $30 a post. If you…
How to Choose a Condo Type That’s Right for You
How to Choose a Condo Type That’s Right for You

How to Choose a Condo Type That’s Right for You

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Although we as buyers tend to think of a “condo” as the name for those fancy high rise apartments in the sky, the name condo really doesn’t have that much to do with the style of the place, but rather the type of ownership. When you buy a condo home, you are in reality buying a…