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Condos, Townhomes & Villas - What's the Difference?


Purchasing Clearwater area real estate isn't difficult if you know what type of property you want to buy. Before you start looking at properties, you need to decide whether you want a condo, townhouse, or a villa or if either one will do. It pays to learn the difference between these three property types before you start looking at all the available Clearwater real estate, especially when housing inventory is so low right now.

When you purchase a condo, you're purchasing one unit in a larger building. You own the unit that you live in and are required to pay condo association fees to help maintain the common areas of the property. Owning a condo is ideal for anyone who enjoys apartment-style living, but doesn't to rent.

Townhouses are slightly different than condos. In most cases, townhouses have several floors, and when you own a townhouse, you own the interior and exterior of your unit. Some townhomes even come with a garage. Basically, when you own a townhouse, you have a home with similar features to a free-standing home, but at least one wall is shared with your neighbors. Like condo owners, townhouse owners are typically responsible for paying a monthly maintenance fee to keep the property in tip-top shape.

If you're looking for a vacation home, you might want to consider purchasing a villa. Many villas sit on larger properties and usually have larger interior space than condos and townhomes. They are typically lavish homes that...

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Buying Your First Florida Vacation Home: Tips for You

When you decide to take the plunge and buy a vacation home in sunny and beautiful Florida, you may be unsure how to proceed with the process. After all, buying a home in top vacation destinations like Clearwater, Florida is both exciting and unnerving all at the same time, especially because you do not currently reside in Florida. This article will give you some great tips that you can use when buying that first Florida vacation home so that you can be sure you get the right home at the right price for you.


Tip #1: Never Buy Your Vacation Home Based Solely On Photos

Many people want to buy their vacation home ahead of time so that they will have a place to stay on their next big holiday. If this is your goal, then you may be tempted to simply buy a house based on the realtor photographs. This is never a good idea since some photographers can use special filters and exposures that can misrepresent the “reality”. However, real estate agents like Christopher Milson can take videos and upload them on to YouTube so you can get a much better idea of what you’re seeing. Ideally of course, you should see a house in person so that you can know with certainty that it is the right home for you.

When you decide to take the plunge and buy yourself a vacation home in the sunny and beautiful Florida, you may be unsure of how to proceed with the process. After all, buying a home in the sunny beach community of Clearwater, Florida is both exciting...

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