In the excitement of finding the perfect condominium, many people focus only on the actual unit in which they will leave.  For many, the building itself is little more than an afterthought.  While you will spend the majority of your time in the condo, it is a mistake to not pay close attention to the building itself.

Following are four things to consider as you decide if that building that includes your dream condo is, indeed, right for you.

One of the best parts of living in a condo is the proximity to action, including sporting events, restaurants, nightclubs, cultural amenities, and jobs.  While some condo buildings offer proximity to all of these, and more, others do not.  So decide what is important to you.  For many people, the opportunity to walk to work is a big deal.  Others have no qualms about driving or using public transportation (which also tends to be close to condo buildings).  If you fall in love with an individual condo that is not close to anyplace you typically go, you may be happy with your place for a while, but come to regret the decision.

Anyone can live in condominiums, which is one of their greatest draws.  You never know who your neighbors will be.  But in many instances, young professionals, for example, tend to congregate in buildings, while retirees live in others.  That is not a hard and fast rule, but it is often true.  If you do not care about the people you live around, then it is no big deal.  But if you are a young professional looking for friends, and you live with a building full of retirees, you may find you do not have much in common with them.

Love to swim?  Work out?  Throw parties?  Many condo buildings include amenities like pools, fitness rooms, and party rooms.  These are known as common areas, and the monthly association check you write each month goes to pay for them.  Different condo building offer different amenities so spend some time considering exactly what you want.  Other amenities include such items as security and underground parking.

Association bylaws
The association that manages the condo building sets a variety of rules for tenants.  Depending on the association, those rules may cover everything from parking to how much leeway you have for making changes to your condo itself.  Some associations may not allow pets, while others may not allow you to rent or sublease your condo.  It is worth looking into what the association does and does not allow before signing on the dotted line.

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