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Old 01-28-2010, 07:25 PM
 
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I assume they are. If I ever buy again I may buy a condo, but have never lived in one, only apartments and single family homes.

Can anyone who has experience with condos and apartments tell me why condos are better quality? I'm thinking things like noise and amemenities in general.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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It really depends on the builder and what price range he was trying to sell the units.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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Are boats better quality than ships?

There is no correlation. Many buildings in Chicago that were built as apartments were converted to condos purely by legal redefinition and lately many builders that threw up buildings hoping to sell the units as condos have realized that they will be better off in the near term playing landlord...
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Tempe, Arizona
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As mentioned above, condo does not automatically mean better than apartment. Condo is really a legal definition of ownership. Rental apartments can be converted to condos and vice-versa.

From Wikipedia:
The difference between a condominium and an apartment is purely legal: there is no way to know a condo from an apartment simply by looking at or visiting the building. What defines a condominium is the form of ownership. The same building developed as a condominium (and sold as individual units to different owners) could actually be built someplace else as an apartment building (the developers would retain ownership and rent individual units to different tenants).
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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The only way you will really be able to tell is if you just go and visit the condo or apartment. You have to get a feel for the space and design for yourself. I wouldn't rule out either until you give each of them a chance. Good luck!

Cindy Wilson

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Old 01-29-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Apartments = Condos... except you pay to own one and the other one you are just renting... I hate condos... they suck but I understand that some people might like that kind of lifestyle... I lived in apartments half my life... And I don't like paying Condo "Fees" each year either...
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Emirates
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I was actually thinking the same exact thing as you recently and found out like others said: it's the same thing, it's just legal mumbo-jumbo. There apparently isn't much of a difference...
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Anything can be called a condo just as aparments can be called townhomes . But most people have a defintie difference in expectations such as maintenance ;facities etc and they are in the details of the contract you sign.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Chandler
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Not really, generally, condos are harder to sell than townhouses or single homes. Apartments, you don't own, so you don't have to worry about that.
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