Should you Buy a Condominium or a Single-Family Home?

By Warren McNeil

Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge offer a huge selection of condos, lofts or singles. Whether you want to live in a Kitchener Waterloo condos for saleKaufman loft, a Keats Way condo, a single-family in Doon South or a townhouse in North Waterloo the choices are  endless. But which is the best option?

I have written similar blogs about this topic before but it never seems to get old. I have lots of clients who say to me they would never pay a condo fee. I have other clients who say, they want somewhere that will allow them the freedom to come and go as they please without having to worry about maintenance. Whatever the case is, people have their preference and here are a couple of thoughts to ponder.

One of the cons to condo living is the extra monthly fee you have to pay for maintenance. I had a client say to me recently that they feel that the monthly condo fee is a waste of money. These people lived in a single-family home for 30 years and were used to doing all of their own maintance and upkeep on their house. My goal with them was to explain the benefits of condo living. One benefit I shared with them was that condo living would allow them the flexibility to travel for extended periods of time while leaving the condo unattended. All maintenane and upkeep is taken care of for them. No snow to shovel and no grass to mow.  We have many clients who own condos and lofts who absolutely love that they don’t have to worry about these types of things.

Kitchener lofts and condosChoosing a condominium over a single-family home is about choosing a lifestyle. If you are used to living in a single-family home then moving into a condominium could be a huge shock to you. But wouldn’t it be great to not have to be responsible for repairs or other maintenance.  What about underground parking or access to a swimming pool? These are all amenities you can expect from living in a condominium.

 Overall, condominiums are a pretty secure investment for buyers over the last ten years. With diligent research on your part, you’ll be able to answer your own “which option is better?” question in the end and feel good about your decision.

Thanks for reading!
Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
Re/Max Twin City Realty, Brokerage
( 519.579.4110 
8 www.TeamMcneil.com, www.LoftStyle.ca, www.ClickThatHouse.com 
 
P.S. Looking for a condo or loft, check out our brand new website at www.LoftStyle.ca!

Things you Need to Know When Buying a Condo in K-W

By Warren McNeil

Do you have your New Years resolution yet? Let me guess, you need to lose weight, exercise and save money. Maybe your New Years resolution is to buy a condo or loft in Kitchener-Waterloo. If this is the case, then there are some things you need to know before you plop down the cash. Some people overlook these things so I will summarize what you should look for. That way you will know what to expect when you buy a condo or loft.

Check out this little video I created regarding buying condos and lofts.

*Video:tips for buying a condo or loft in kitchener-waterloo and cambridge

Having an understanding of condos or lofts is important so you can make sense of their differences from freehold housing.

All non-freehold condo or lofts have common elements. Common elements are owned by everyone and include the lobby, elevator, swimming pools, exercise room, hallways etc. Common elements are anything outside of your unit.

It’s very important to understand how parking works. Do you get one spot? Can your rent another spot. Is parking underground? How much visitor parking?

Condos or lofts are also subject to a monthly condo fee. This fee covers maintenance of the building and ground and the common elements. The condo fees in Kitchener-Waterloo or Cambridge can range in prices from $150-600 per month. The higher fees usually cover others things such as fitness facility and swimming pool maintance costs.

If you have pets, you need to make sure that the condominium corporation will allow them. I know that the Kaufman lofts, LeMarche are a couple of buildings that allow pets. Size restrictions may apply. Realtors will be able to find out which condos are pet friendly.

Condos and lofts are subject to strict rules and regulations that prevent you from making changes to any of the common areas. You need to get permission if you want to make a change such as build a fence, changing doors & windows, paint garage doors etc. Read through the rules and regulations to find out what you can and can’t do. You can request the rules and regulations from the property management company.

Lastly. it is important to have your lawyer review the status certificate so that you know that the finances for the condo corporation are in good standing.

I hope you found this information helpful. As you can see there is a little more that you need ot know about condos or lofts when compared to a freehold housing.

What do you think your biggest concern is when buying a condo or loft in Kitchener-Waterloo or Cambrige (High condo  fees, pet friendly, parking) ?  Let me know.

Thanks for reading!

We are a full-time real estate team in Kitchener Waterloo area. We enjoy assisting buyers and sellers with the purchase or sale of condos or lofts in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Cambridge areas. If you would like us to help you with your condo or loft search, please check out our brand-new free search website.

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
Re/Max Twin City Realty, Brokerage
( 519.579.4110 
8 www.TeamMcneil.com, www.LoftStyle.ca, www.ClickThatHouse.com 
 
P.S. Looking for a condo or loft, check out our brand new website at www.LoftStyle.ca!

[Tip] Searching for Kitchener Waterloo Condominums or Lofts

By Warren McNeil,

If you are on the fence about buying a condo or loft in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge you might want to consider taking advantage of some of the great deals that are currently available. The real estate market in Waterloo Region is really strong and there are lots of upcoming developments in the coming years. Andrin Homes new project in the downtown core just to name one.

If you are looking for a resale condo or loft in Kitchener or Waterloo you might be finding that your search is frustrating you. There are easier ways. If you are looking in the newspapers or other real estate publications you will probably find that when you call the agent the house has already sold. Despite the houses that are selling, there are still many more available. However if you are waiting for them to be advertised in the paper, you could be waiting too long. By the time the property is advertised, it may have already received an offer.

There is lots of choice when it comes to a Kitchener Waterloo condo or loft and I recommend having a realtor setup an automatic search for you. This will not only cut down on the time it takes to find a condo in Kitchener or Waterloo, it will also let you know about the newest listings right away before they even hit the public MLS system. This will give you a jumpstart over other buyers who are still looking on their own without a realtor.

In summary, if you are looking for a condominium in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge and haven’t had any luck finding the right home, then you should let a realtor do the work for you. It will save you time and money and you won’t miss out on a good deal ever again.

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Thanks for reading!

We are a full-time real estate team in Kitchener Waterloo area. We enjoy assisting buyers and sellers with the purchase or sale of condos or lofts in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Cambridge areas. If you would like us to help you with your condo or loft search, please check out our brand-new free search website.

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
Re/Max Twin City Realty, Brokerage
( 519.579.4110 
8 www.TeamMcneil.com, www.LoftStyle.ca, www.ClickThatHouse.com 
 
P.S. Looking for a condo or loft, check out our brand new website at www.LoftStyle.ca!

3227 King St E, Great Value for the money! ($150,000-180,000)

By Warren McNeil

3227 King St E, Kitchener

3227 King St E, Kitchener

A couple of months ago I sold a condo at 3227 King St E in Kitchener. (Near Heffner Toyota) I met a gentlemen from out west and we looked at several different condos. Some of the units we looked at were as much as $100,000 more for the same or less square footage and we couldn’t believe the value that a condo unit in 3227 King St E had. My client was quite impressed and bought the unit.

This Kitchener condominium  is oriented to seniors but anyone can live there. They have really nice facilities such as a pool, fitness centre and underground parking. The condo is situated in close proximity to Fairview Mall & Sportsword Drive. We looked at several other nice size units but none compared to the unit my client purchased. The listing agent said that over a period of time, his seller spent over $60,000 in updates. This was definitely evident. The kitchen was all updated with newer appliances. The bathrooms were also updated. This was the perfect condo for my client.

If you are looking for spacious condos under 200,000 in Kitchener, consider the condos at 3227 King St E, Kitchener. Pricing is  around 150,000-180,000 with a condo fee of approximately $340-370 per month. The fee includes water,maintence and inside parking. There are presently 5 units for sale.

Thanks for reading!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
Re/Max Twin City Realty, Brokerage
( 519.579.4110 
www.kitchenerlofts.com


Thanks for reading!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
RE/MAX Twin City Realty, Brokerage ( 519.579.4110 | 519-498-8118