Some Facts About Buying A Condo On The North Shore Of Long Island

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Are you thinking about buying a Condo on The North Shore Of Long Island 

You may have some questions about Condo life in general that youLong Island Condo need answered. Larry & Sheila Realtors are answering Frequently Asked Questions about Condo Living on Long Island to help Buyers decide whether or not this would be the right lifestyle choice.


Are There Rules To Be Followed? ~ Yes, upon buying a Condo, you will be given a Homeowner's Manual and/or By-Laws. Many Condo communities do not allow you to see these rules before you are in contract

Are There Monthly Fees Involved? ~ As a Condo owner, there are monthly fees you will have to pay as an owner. Every Condo here on The North Shore Of Long Island has its own set of fees that are determined by the cost of running the common areas and the amenities which it offers.  

Do All The Condos Charge The Same Fees? ~ No, every community has different fees. At some Condos all owners pay the same fee no matter what size unit you are buying, and some are determined by the size of the unit.

Can I Change The Condo To Meet My Needs? ~ It depends on what kind of changes you want to make. Any exterior structural changes cannot be done. Any interior structural changes will have to be submitted to the Board or Management for approval. Each community is different and these rules will be included in the community By-laws and Homeowner's Manual.

Do Condos Have Garages? ~ Some Condo communities have attached garages, some detached garages and some no garages. But most communities have parking spaces, although some are not designated ones. 

Are Pets Permitted? ~ This depends on the Condo. Some on The North Shore Of Long Island are pet friendly and others do not allow pets. Ask Larry & Sheila specifics when buying a Condo here.

Whose Responsible For Exterior Maintenance? ~ If it's a Condo and not a Homeowner's Association, most of the time the community is responsible. However, check with Larry & Sheila for details of the Condo you are interested in. 

Are Rentals Allowed? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Each community is different so if you are planning to buy a Condo on The North Shore Of Long Island to rent out, you must verify this information with the individual community.

Do All Condos Have Amenities? ~ No. There are active Condo communities with clubhouse, pool, tennis, gym and social activities, and there are also some with no amenities except that the lawns are maintained and snow is removed. Some neighborhoods do not cover the lawn or snow maintenance, so again, check with Larry & Sheila for this information.

What Is A Special Assessment? ~ This is a fee approved by a homeowners association or Condo Board to cover items not provided for in the budget.  This can be a controversial expense. Many associations do an excellent job of planning for replacement costs and are adequately prepared, however, others accumulate funds based on outdated cost estimates and discover when the day comes for a major repair or replacement that they do not have the funds to pay for the project.
Do All Condos Have Washer & Dryers? ~ No, although many of them do have a washer and dryer within the Condo on The North Shore Of Long Island, but check with Larry & Sheila when choosing a unit.
Do Condos Have Central Air Conditioning? ~ Not all, so ask Larry And Sheila when purchasing on The North Shore Of Long Island.
Are There Age-Restricted Condos? Here on The North Shore Of Long Island we have Non-Age Restricted Condos as well as Age-Restricted Condos for 48+, 55+ and 62+ adults.

What's The Difference Between A Condo, A Townhouse and A Pud?~The easiest explanation is the following but you can also read this link which Larry & Sheila wrote on this subject:

Townhouse ~ You own the land on which it sits.

Condominium ~ You own the inside of the unit.

PUD ~ You own the land front and back of unit.

Many consumers and Realtors too, conveniently refer to all of these types of structures as Condos, although they may actually be a Townhouse or PUD

There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the North Shore Long Island Condo of your choice. This will be an investment decision that can last a lifetime and should be considered very carefully.
When you are ready to move to your Condo on The North Shore Of Long Island, hire Larry And Sheila Realtors 631-805-4400.

This Long Island Real Estate Condo Buyer Tip is courtesy of Larry And Sheila Realtors 631-805-4400, helping Buyers and Sellers on The North Shore Of Long Island.

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Wandanna Melliphant
A Name Real Estate Investors Trust and Recommend
Royal Lepage Credit Valley Real Estate Brokerage

Hi Larry and Shelia,

This is a well done frequently asked list of condo questions.

Any first time condo buyer would find this blog helpful.

All the best for the rest of 2012!


September 15, 2012 10:10 PM
Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Great information about condo living Larry and Sheila.  These are questions very often asked by many who are not familiar with the condo lifestyle.

September 16, 2012 05:13 AM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001

Is almost like every question should be a whole post. .great job guys!

September 16, 2012 06:33 AM
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Larry & Sheila, great answers to the many questions prospective Condo owners have before making the purchase. It's best to check with you first to make sure all their questions are answered.

September 16, 2012 06:39 AM
Lori Cain
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

And, in Tulsa county, many condos are not Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or FHA approved, so question that before you write an offer!

September 16, 2012 08:23 AM

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