With expensive California Real Estate Prices, condo's are a popular commodity in the state of California. When you want a prime location, close to work, down town, and popular attractions you can't beat the convenience of a Condo. Condominums come in different shapes and sizes. They can be high rises, townhouses, apartment conversions, retirement communities, and planned multi use communities. Condos can offer excellent ammenities such as gated communities, excercise centers, swimming pools, community centers, parks, playgrounds, barbeques, and more.
Here are links to a few resources that can help your hunt to find California Condo's for sale, listed on the MLS, listed by owner, and foreclosure listings.
With the fluctuating and sometimes declining real estate market, many wonder if it is a good idea to buy a condominium. Each individual market is different. In some California areas it is still a great investment. In other areas you probably only want to buy if you know you are getting a deal.
There are three main types of condominiums you can find online:
MLS Listings of Condos
The best site for MLS listings that I have found is ZIP Realty. This site not only gives you all townhome and condo listings with pictures, but it also gives you pictures, the option to search by not only the number of bedrooms bathrooms, and square footage, but also foreclosures, short sales, deals, fixer uppers and other types of California Homes for Sale. It also gives you recent sales trends and prices by square footage, average sold prices of similar units, median sales prices, and median listing price for both condos and single family homes. Best of all if you find a unit you like, and end up using a ZIP agent, you actually get cash back when you close. It's not just free to use these agents, you get paid to do such, and it is the most comprehensive real estate search site.
For Sale by Owner Listings
FSBO listings are a little bit harder to find condos on. There is no one site that has all the condo listings. There are several decent sites including forsalebyowner.com, owners.com, and condos.com also contains fsbo listings.
In both Northern and Southern California there are loads of foreclosure condos for sale. Foreclosure Condos can be found in several locations. Preforeclosure Units are best found on sites that specialize in preforeclosures like Foreclosure.com and RealtyTrac.
Most all Foreclosed Condos, HUD Homes, REO's, Bank Owned Homes are acutally found on the MLS. These are easy to find as you can actually sort on the ZIP Realty site by California short sales. Foreclosed Houses are also usually the first ones listed when you sort by price. They are usually the cheapest.
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Condominiums also offer excellent rentals. They are great for renters looking for a nice place in a prime location, they are also good as investment properties for landlords who may want to stick onto their condo unit for future profits. Condomiums make easy to manage rental properties as the montlhly HOA (Home Owners Association) fee usually takes care of the grounds, and exterior maintenance. Condo onwers have a lot less to take care of in terms of normal wear and tear and maintenance.
The best online sites to find condos for rent are Apartments.com and Condos .com. Find California Townhouses for Rent Now at Apartments.com
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