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4 Apps for Condo Shopping on the Go
4 Apps for Condo Shopping on the Go

4 Apps for Condo Shopping on the Go

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Searching for your new condo is no easy task. Not only do you have to find a place that appeals to you visually, it needs to be the right place, be in the perfect neighborhood, and really fit your needs. Most of all, who has time to spend hours upon hours personally touring condos? Well,…
Reviewing the Condo Association’s or Co-op Board’s Meeting Minutes
Reviewing the Condo Association’s or Co-op Board’s Meeting Minutes

Reviewing the Condo Association’s or Co-op Board’s Meeting Minutes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Condo associations and co-op boards are required to record in written notes, called meeting minutes, all important actions taken and major building issues reviewed during their monthly board meetings and the annual member or shareholder meetings.  A review of these minutes for the previous couple of years is part of the customary due diligence conducted…
What is a Buyer’s Broker and Should You Have One?
What is a Buyer’s Broker and Should You Have One?

What is a Buyer’s Broker and Should You Have One?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you start looking for your first condo you hear about listing brokers and buyer’s brokers and dual agents.  So, what does all of this mean to your condo search? When you visit an open house, the person who shows the apartment works on behalf of the seller. He can be the listing broker, or in legal terms the…
Six Wrong Reasons to Buy a Condo
Six Wrong Reasons to Buy a Condo

Six Wrong Reasons to Buy a Condo

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You might want to buy a condo, but perhaps you have a sneaking feeling it’s the wrong move. Maybe you feel like you’re being pressured into it, or you just get an anxious tension when you go out hunting. Maybe your gut is telling that you are not ready to buy – yet. After checking…
How to Become a Good Condo Association Member
How to Become a Good Condo Association Member

How to Become a Good Condo Association Member

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you buy a condo you automatically become a member of your building’s (or development’s) Association. Think of it this way: by living where you do, you become a citizen of the neighborhood. You formally participate in your building’s affairs through the Association. So what should you do to make sure you become a good member in…
Buying a Condo? How to Manage Your Risk
Buying a Condo? How to Manage Your Risk

Buying a Condo? How to Manage Your Risk

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Worried about buying a condo because it’s risky? Or, perhaps you want to know how to use real estate as a potential investment tool. Either way, there are four key areas that will affect your risk – and your reward. If you want to avoid risk – do what we suggest below. If you want to…
Choosing the Right Broker
Choosing the Right Broker

Choosing the Right Broker

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Choosing your broker is one of the biggest decisions you make when beginning the search for a condominium. A good broker will give you advice, always keep her eyes and ears open for new units and be patient as you extend your search. Your broker will also point out potential issues with a condo that…
Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com
Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com

Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you were ready to move out to your first rental, our sister site, MyFirstApartment.com, helped to make it happen. We were there for you when you dealt with bad landlords and deadbeat roommates. We showed you how to furnish your new place on a shoestring, and helped you manage your budget so that the…
Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com
Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com

Hello and Welcome to myfirstcondo.com

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you moved into your first rental, our sister site MyFirstApartment.com helped make it happen. We had advice on how to deal with bad landlords and deadbeat roommates. We showed you how to furnish your new place on a shoestring and how to manage your budget so that the rent got paid. Now that you’re an old…
Eight Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Condo
Eight Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Condo

Eight Signs You’re Ready to Buy a Condo

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve been thinking about it for a little while, but you’re not quite sure. Are you really ready to buy a condo? In fact, you may be. Here are eight signs that now’s the time! 1. Money Saved. Buying property requires a large down payment, usually twenty percent. If you’ve been squirreling away money (for…