Posts Tagged: buying a condo

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…
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…
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…
Should a First-Time Condo Buyer Consider Purchasing a Foreclosure?
Should a First-Time Condo Buyer Consider Purchasing a Foreclosure?

Should a First-Time Condo Buyer Consider Purchasing a Foreclosure?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Stephanie Brimo First, let me describe a foreclosure. Also known as an REO sale or a bank-owned sale, a foreclosure takes place only after the home’s original owner has stopped paying the mortgage for a long enough time (often a year or more) that the bank has the legal right to repossess the home.…
Top 5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying a Condo
Top 5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying a Condo

Top 5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying a Condo

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With any big life change, there’s a certain degree of blind faith. Sure, you ask people who have gone through the same experience (see: MyFirstCondo.com), but often these big changes amount to trial by fire. Looking back with the wisdom of a veteran (almost 2 years!) condo owner, there are many things I wish I’d…
Pro-Tip: Look Past the Charms of a Cleverly Staged Condo
Pro-Tip: Look Past the Charms of a Cleverly Staged Condo

Pro-Tip: Look Past the Charms of a Cleverly Staged Condo

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve ever been a part of selling a condo, you’ll know that it’s a complex business, and those who are successful have it down to a fine art. On the buying side, and especially if it’s your first condo, you need to know sellers and their agents will do just about whatever they can…
How Much Should You Budget for Condo Closing Costs?
How Much Should You Budget for Condo Closing Costs?

How Much Should You Budget for Condo Closing Costs?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Congratulations!  You’ve saved diligently and your dream condo down payment is within sight.  You are all set to start looking for a place when you visit your friendly neighborhood mortgage loan officer and find out that you need to save a little bit longer, to cover your condo’s closing costs.  There costs vary by location,…