One of the often quoted reason for buying real estate is that “Land is the only thing they’re not making more of.”
As the global population continues to rise and spread into ever more corners of the world, the need to make the most of space grows as well. This means that even in a place such as Nanaimo, there are ever more condos being built to combine the benefits of affordability and convenient amenities while houses with their larger requirement of space start to look less like the standard and more like something extra. At this point, I would say first time buyers looking at a starter home first have to decide whether a condo or a house makes more sense for them.
So, the question is ‘Should you join the condo club or go for a more traditional home ownership?’ Consider your income and lifestyle then weigh the pros and cons of each before deciding which to buy.
A condo is probably the right choice for you if:
However a house is more likely to be a better choice for you if:
Additionally, you might be willing to get a home with a suite that you could rent out to help you carry the burden of a larger mortgage and make life financially easier for you in the long run. You could even live in the suite downstairs while you rent out the upstairs for more than half of your mortgage costs. The property value goes up over the years and so does what you collect in rent. If dealing with tenants is worth it to you then this may be just the thing for you.
Although there are always exceptions, condo purchases are usually best for single individuals who have neither the money to invest in a house nor the time to maintain the upkeep of the home. Often, condo buyers are first time home buyers. If, in contrast, you have a family, want large pets and would like the freedom and privacy of a home with its own property, then a house is probably the right choice for you.”
Regardless of whether you buy a house or a condo, it’s important to do your homework and consider the future of the neighbourhood and the property you’re buying into not to mention your ability to afford it. Each is a significant investment.