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    Congratulations! Your first place, what a great memory you will have. I'm moving this week, but it's literally the 17th home I'll be living in. Yet I can still remember with a lot of fondness my first place.

    Enjoy it!
    Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
    ~DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    Any condo owners have tips to potential buyers about how to avoid a bad condo association?
    try speaking with other condo owners in that complex. if there's an issue, you're likely to hear about it from at least one of them. be specific in your questions too--you're more likely to find the info you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coco View Post
    Any condo owners have tips to potential buyers about how to avoid a bad condo association?
    In addition to the above suggestions, I'd ask for copies of recent association newsletters (if one is published) and of the minutes of board meetings. You might learn something interesting.

    If there's a staffed front desk, you could try for info there, too, though employees' unwillingness to discuss the building atmosphere might just mean that there are strict rules in place about that.

    Try to get hold of the condo documents (house rules, etc.) before making an offer. You'll want to know about carpeting requirements, rental restrictions, and policies concerning noise and pets. Some (maybe all) jurisidictions require that the condo documents be given to prospective purchasers, but I think that sometimes happens only after an offer is made, which is a little late to find out that there's a massive lawsuit pending, or that a costly structural issue will soon be addressed, causing a special assessment or a big increase in monthly fees. Some condos charge $50 or more for copies of the documents, so during the shopping-around phase you might try asking whether you can review the materials at the desk to avoid that cost.

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