1. Have a realistic budget in mind and stick to it.
Make sure you are aware of the costs associated with purchasing a condo and stick to a budget you are comfortable with. Be sure to factor in the cost of monthly condo fees, property taxes, and insurance.
2. Research the market and find the right condo for you.
Condos can vary widely in price and amenities. Do your research to find a condo that meets your needs and budget. Be sure to also check out the location, security features, and HOA rules and regulations.
3. Get pre-approved for a mortgage.
Before you start shopping for a condo, it’s a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and what your monthly payments might be.
4. Find an experienced Realtor® who specializes in condos.
Your Realtor® can help you navigate the condo purchasing process and will be familiar with the ins and outs of buying a condo. Be sure to find someone who you feel comfortable working with and who has experience with condo purchases.
5. Review the condo documents carefully.
Before making an offer on a condo, be sure to review all of the documents, including the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC & Rs) and the bylaws. These documents will outline the rules and regulations associated with owning a condo in that particular community.
6. Schedule inspections, including a building inspection, pest inspection, and radon inspection (if applicable).
Once your offer is accepted, schedule inspections for the condo unit. This should include a general building inspection, a pest inspection, and a radon inspection (if applicable).
7. Make an offer and negotiate with the seller.
After the inspections are complete, you can make an offer on the condo. Be sure to negotiate with the seller to try to get the best price possible.
8. Get final approval from your lender.
Once your offer is accepted, you will need to get final approval from your lender before closing on the purchase.
9. Sign the purchase agreement and schedule the closing date.
The next step is to sign the purchase agreement and schedule a closing date. Be sure to review the purchase agreement carefully before signing it.
10. Attend the closing meeting and pick up your keys.
On the day of closing, you will attend a meeting with the seller, your Realtor®, and your lender. During this meeting, the purchase agreement will be finalized and you will be given the keys to your new condo.