Condo Lifestyle

1. Condo HOA Fees

A few important questions to ask before purchasing a condo are about the Home Owners Association Fees.  How much are they and what do they cover?  Generally, insurance for the outside of the building and surrounding property is covered as well as amenities such as lawn care, snow removal, pest control and outdoor maintenance of the building are usually covered.

2. Are Water And Sewer Included?

One of the benefits of living in a condo is the fact that these types of city services are usually covered.  Water, sewer, and trash removal are usually included in the HOA fees.  However, this is an important question to ask because in the rare case that it isn’t covered you’ll want to be sure to factor that into your budget.

3. What Is The Condo Management Fee?

Management fees generally cover maintenance of the outside of the property.  It

is important to find out how much the fee is and also some background information about the company that is handling the maintenance.  You’ll want to be sure that it’s someone you trust in order to protect your investment in the community.

4. Cable And Internet Included?

If cable and internet are an important part of your daily life you’ll want to be sure that you ask about what is available in the condo you are considering.  Some of the questions you’ll need to ask include: Are basic cable and internet included?  Is it something you’ll need to purchase yourself?  Is Wi-Fi available or will you have to set that up as well?  Most condos are equipped with basic cable and internet, which can be very convenient when considering a condo as opposed to a freestanding home.

5.  Easier To Maintain Than A House?

When it comes to maintenance, one of the benefits of purchasing a condo is the limited amount of maintenance that will be required of you. No more worrying about unexpected emergencies or expensive repairs.  Due to HOA and management fees you can rest assured that if something breaks or if the roof begins to leak it will be covered by these fees.

6. Easier To Maintain Than A Yard?

Another benefit of condo living is that you will have no need to maintain a yard.  No more mowing and weeding and landscaping to worry about.  You will also have numerous amenities that you may not be able to find in a single-family home.  These might include a pool, a gym, and tennis courts all of which are maintained by the property.  Also the landscaping around the building will be manicured and beautiful without you having to lift a finger.

7. Condos: Turnkey = Worry Free!

If do-it-yourself renovations are not your style then condos are an excellent choice.   Generally condos are available without the need for any renovations or updates.  There is no need to worry about things such as an outdated kitchen or bathroom.  Simply find a condo that is up to your specifications and then move in!

8. Condo Insurance

Finally, if you do decide to take the plunge, be sure to research the best type of  individual unit insurance to protect the interior of the condo including your personal belongings. While HOA fees usually cover insurance for the outside of the building you will still be responsible for the insurance on the inside of your unit. This is usually a requirement for purchasing a condo and it’s an important part of protecting your investment.  If there is a leak from the condo above you, which damages anything in your unit, it is important that you have coverage.

Owning a condo can be a great investment as long as you do your homework and are prepared for any extra expenses that can accompany the condo lifestyle.

Burgess Concept – The Business of Design

In 2016, Burgess Concept (“BC”), changed from Burgess Design  which was created after the Financial Meltdown in 2008.A unique time to start any business in the real estate service.

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As a provider of “First Look” and “Conceptual Development Studies” in Commercial & Residential Real Estate, “BD” offers an inexpensive method to testing an acquisition target whether it’s an empty lot or an existing building with the option to expand. The First Look principal allows an efficient low cost tool to position “A Go or No Go”. Buying or selling property has several levels of due diligence that each side has to consider.

The team has prepared plans for site selection, office space and value proposition in several formats including CAD software. We have served our clients by looking at as many reasonably possible, benefits and obstacles that fit the assignment. Our clients have sent us the information about sites in various states across the United States, we have been able to develop concepts or show why we thought the site would not work for the intended use. When a site is not adequate based on the information we have available this preliminary study can prevent the loss of time and money.

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Commercial Real Estate 101

Types of CRE Properties (Listed below)

Office Buildings – This category includes single‐tenant properties, small professional office buildings, downtown skyscrapers, and everything in between.

Industrial – This category ranges from smaller properties, often called “Flex” or “R&D” properties, to larger office service or office warehouse properties to the very large “big box” industrial properties. An important, defining characteristic of industrial space is Clear Height. Clear height is the actual height, to the bottom of the steel girders in the interior of the building. This might be 14‐16 feet for smaller properties, and 40+ feet for larger properties. We also consider the type and number of docks that the property has. These can be Grade Level, where the parking lot and the warehouse floor are on the same level, to semi‐dock height at 24 inches, which is the height of a pickup truck or delivery truck, or a full‐dock at 48 inches which is semi‐truck height. Some buildings may even have a Rail Spur for train cars to load and unload.

Retail/Restaurant – This category includes pad sites on highway frontages, single tenant retail buildings, small neighborhood shopping centers, larger centers with grocery store anchor tenants, “power centers” with large anchor stores such as Best Buy, PetSmart, OfficeMax, and so on even regional and outlet malls.

Multifamily – This category includes apartment complexes or high‐rise apartment buildings. Generally, anything larger than a fourplex is considered commercial real estate.

Land – This category includes investment properties on undeveloped, raw, rural land in the path of future development. Or, infill land with an urban area, pad sites, and more.

Miscellaneous – This catch all category would include any other nonresidential properties such as hotel, hospitality, medical, and self‐storage developments, as well as many more.