Lauren Davis
REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | 508-254-0449 | Lauren@LaurensListings.com


Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/2/2017

Looking to purchase your first home? Not sure if you want to purchase a single-family home or a condo? What you purchase will be determinant on your thoughts about the below information. Take a look at the various differences between single-family homes and condos and decide the pros and cons for yourself. Location: Based on your price range, you will typically be able to purchase a condo in a location where you would otherwise not be able to purchase a home. But in return, you are often getting less square footage, closer by neighbors, and smaller outdoor living space. If you sacrifice a downtown city location for a location right outside of the city, you will get more for your money. Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants, shops and maybe work or is a home with free parking a more attractive option to you? It all depends on what is most important to you. Privacy: There will be less privacy when owning a condo versus a home, as neighbors are much closer. Condos typically share a wall with one another, some on just one side and some on both sides. This is an important detail to take into consideration when deciding between a condo and single-family home. Additional Costs: HOA fees or homeowner association fees are monthly fees that condo owners must pay. The fees cover things such as utilities, reserve and contingency funds, amenities, maintenance and repairs, which includes lawn care, snow removal, trash removal, exterior upkeep, etc. These costs vary depending on the condo amenities and policies. However, itís important to be aware that there is the possibility that these fees increase if there is not enough in the reserve to cover unforeseen costs. When owning a home, there are no HOA fees. This means that a homeowner needs to be cognizant of the additional costs of owning a home. Will you purchase a lawnmower and snow blower or hire a service? Will you have the additional funds to pay for unforeseen expenses? These are important questions to consider. Restrictions: Owning a condo has some limitations as there will be restrictions that would not exist when owning your own home (unless you purchase a historical home). There are often restrictions dealing with the exterior of your home, parking restrictions as well as having certain barbecues on decks. Condos are an attractive choice for those looking for a low maintenance lifestyle. And owning and maintaining a home will take more work on the homeownerís part. Itís important to figure out exactly what you want out of a home before you decide on one or the other, but knowing the difference between a single-family home and a condo is a first step.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 6/15/2016

Could condo living be for you? For many condominium living can be an attractive alternative to a single family home. The price per square foot of a condo is often less than a single family home. Before you make the leap to condo living make sure to do your homework to see if it truly is the best choice for you. Here is a checklist of a few things you may want to consider before signing on the dotted line.

  • Condominiums have monthly maintenance fees.
  • Check with the condominium association to see what the annual increase in the monthly maintenance fee has been for the past few years.
  • What is the percentage of residents are current with their monthly association payments. Look for about ninety-seven percent of the development's residents to be current with their monthly payments.
  • What percentage of the association fees are dedicated to a reserve fund. A good number would be at least 10 percent of the association's annual budget.
  • What are the condition of the condo's roof and major mechanical systems? When were they last replaced or repaired. When the condo requires big upgrades, costly "special assessment" fees are passed on to the homeowners.
Most importantly try and talk to some of the residents. They can be your most valuable resource for learning about the development's pros and cons of the condominium development.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 2/27/2016

This Condo in Blackstone, MA recently sold for $281,000. This style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


29 Bellingham, Blackstone, MA 01504

Condo

$289,900
Price
$281,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Gorgeous colonial-style half-duplex in great location in town! 3 beds plus office, 2.5 baths, living/dining/kitchen, 2nd floor laundry, finished lower family room with awesome bar. This home is absolutely in move-in condition and features hardwood flooring, an upgraded kitchen with lots of cabinet and countertop space, crown mouldings, fireplace, an attached garage plus huge storage shed, rear deck and has a huge yard with lots of privacy.






Tags: Real estate   condo   Blackstone   01504  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Lauren Davis on 6/12/2015

Beautiful townhome in amazing location! Walk to train, restaurants, shops and playground from this lovely 3bd, 2.5ba unit. This condo offers the discerning buyer a wonderful, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and packed with cabinets, opening to a dining area flooded with natural light and adjacent to an inviting, fireplaced family room with sliders out to a private patio and yard. A lovely, living room and half bath complete the first floor. Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, a walk-in closet and updated bathroom w Jacuzzi tub. Rounding out the second floor are two additional bedrooms and a full bath with double sinks and laundry area. The lower level is nicely finished and offers a bonus room plus plenty of unfinished space for storage. All this plus the unit boasts high ceilings, hardwood floors, central air, direct entry one car garage and a deeded parking spot.

This is a Townhouse style home and features 9 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.53 Acres, and is currently available for $729,900.

For complete details click here.




Categories: Real Estate For Sale   Condo  


Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/29/2015

Beautiful townhome in amazing location! Walk to train, restaurants, shops and playground from this lovely 3bd, 2.5ba unit. This condo offers the discerning buyer a wonderful, gourmet kitchen with granite counters and packed with cabinets, opening to a dining area flooded with natural light and adjacent to an inviting, fireplaced family room with sliders out to a private patio and yard. A lovely, living room and half bath complete the first floor. Upstairs, the spacious master bedroom has cathedral ceilings, a walk-in closet and updated bathroom w Jacuzzi tub. Rounding out the second floor are two additional bedrooms and a full bath with double sinks and laundry area. The lower level is nicely finished and offers a bonus room plus plenty of unfinished space for storage. All this plus the unit boasts high ceilings, hardwood floors, central air, direct entry one car garage and a deeded parking spot. Showings start on May 31st at open house 12:30-2:00pm.

This is a Townhouse style home and features 9 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.53 Acres, and is currently available for $749,900.

For complete details click here.




Categories: Real Estate For Sale   Condo