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Old 01-13-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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It seems that the monthly fees to rent a room in a condo in the Tysons area are a bit higher than the monthly fees for renting a room in a house just inside the beltway. A room in a condo or apartment is about $700-$800, while a room in a house only costs about $650. Why does it seem that the condo costs more? The condo is smaller and surrounded by more traffic congestion. I suppose the condo is slightly easier to get to, but still, only slightly. Are there more utility/maintenance type costs for the house that I'm missing?
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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One reason it could be more is that the condo fees paid by owners can be high, especially if the condo is in a building that has 24/7 security, amenities and some utilities included.
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Old 01-14-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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It makes a lot of sense from a real estate perspective (condos are just pricier per square foot), but from a common sense perspective, I see what you mean. Maybe renting a room in a house is just a good deal.
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:33 PM
 
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You should also consider that in a condo you will probably just be splitting the place with one other person versus 3-4 in a house. Makes a difference when it comes to shared spaces and putting up with one another. I've thought it was much easier to deal with one other person rather than all the issues that come in a group house.
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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True, but it may not be a group house - it may be some situation that maintains his/her privacy.
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