7 Reasons Not to Rule Out Buying a Southern Maryland Condo

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on March 26, 2018

Just because you think your home-buying budget is skimpy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about kicking your landlord to the curb. When even the most basic of Southern Maryland starter homes soar in price, there’s always the trusty condo to fill the void.

If you’re not excited about the thought of condo living, consider the purchase a stepping stone – a way to build equity to use for your forever home.

Read on to learn about seven more good reasons to consider buying a Southern Maryland condo.

1. Cheaper than a house

Unless you want the penthouse unit in Southern Maryland’s premier condo community, you’ll pay less for a condo than a single-family home. And, if you shop wisely, even that homeowners association fee tacked onto the mortgage payment won’t put you outside your comfort zone.

If you’re extremely low-budget, we can help you shop for a condo with low HOA dues. These are typically condos in low-amenity communities. In other words, you generally won’t find low HOA fees in a community that offers valet parking, private elevators, and high-end fitness facilities.

2. On-site amenities

On the flip side, if the private elevator, valet parking, and high-end fitness center is on your wish list, you’ll find Southern Maryland condo communities that offer these amenities (and more) to be far less expensive than buying a single-family home with the same amenities.

Yes, the HOA fees will be higher, but, again, your final monthly payment as a homeowner will be less than it would be if you owned a single-family home with similar amenities.

3. Low maintenance living has its perks

While there are some condo communities that offer homes with private yards, most don’t. This means no lawn to mow, weeds to pull, leaves to rake, and trees to prune.

Part of your HOA fees cover the cost of common area landscape care. If the community has a pool, the HOA takes care of its maintenance, too.

Think of all the free time you’ll have compared to your friends who own single-family homes! Your weekends will be maintenance-free.

4. Be social … or don’t

Ask any of your single-family-home-dwelling-friends in Southern Maryland how many of their neighbors they know. Sadly, the answer will most likely be anywhere from none to very few.

Sure, there are vibrant neighborhoods with connected neighbors, but by and large, most Americans tend to isolate themselves from those who live nearby. In fact, a Pew Research study finds that only 28 percent of people living in a neighborhood know their neighbors by name.

Condo living puts you in closer proximity to your neighbors. Whether that’s a positive or a negative depends on how sociable you are. If you like getting to know your neighbors, you’ll love this aspect of condo life.

5. Building equity and more

Like we said earlier, buying a condo can be a stepping stone. Not only will you build equity to put toward a future purchase, but owning a home has tax advantages as well.

Yes, tax laws are in flux right now, but you will still receive homeownership benefits that you won’t have if you continue renting. 

6. Feel safer

Many condo developments offer security features. Whether it’s a gated community or one with a roving guard or even a community with camera surveillance, security is a feature lacking in many single-family homes.

This is especially important to people who live alone and may feel vulnerable. Even a community lacking robust security features will feel safer simply for the fact that you live in close proximity to others, so seeking help in an emergency is far easier.

7. Convenience

If your aim is to live in the heart of town or within walking distance to popular area amenities, you’ll find few single-family homes from which to choose. This is where the condo market shines the brightest.

Ditching the commute—or even the car—is a distinct possibility with urban condo living.

Thinking of purchasing a condo in Southern Maryland? Reach out to us! We’re happy to walk you through the process and show you what’s available now.

Accokeek MD Homes for Sale and Real Estate Services in Southern Maryland. You now have a search engine to help you with your Southern Maryland home search! And I’m ready to provide you with a custom home valuation if you’re considering selling your home. Let’s connect to discuss how I can help you. Contact Kimberly Bean at 301-440-1309

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