A condo or townhouse can make a great first home, but finding one for sale that suits your needs is the first step. Sometimes the search is the hardest part, but there are some places you can look for townhouses for sale or condos for sale that can make it easier to get the ball rolling.
One of the first places you may want to start searching for a townhouse for sale is online. Online classifieds typically have listings in just about any area you are considering, and they are an excellent way to get a feel for what is available on the market.
Often you can start to get an idea of how much a condo or townhouse is going to cost in the area you want to live in by browsing the ads as well. Finding listings for properties with a lot of pictures or videos can help you can some perspective and is an excellent way to get a feel for the property before you go and view it.
Working With a Real Estate Agent
If you find a property you want to see, there is typically a listing agent on the ad, but you should have a real estate agent of your own to represent you as a buyer. Show the ad for the townhouse or condo to your agent, and they can contact the seller's agent and set up a showing for you.
Your agent can also pull up more history on the townhouse or condo and let you know how many times it has been for sale and if there has been any damage that required extensive repair or what the status of the property is. If it's close to foreclosure, the seller may be more motivated to sell the property, making it easier for you to get it for a lower price.
Your real estate agent may find some townhouses for sale in the MLS (multiple listing service) and compile a list of properties that fit your needs. The list may include properties in your budget and a little over, but with a bit of discussion and fine-tuning of the search, your agent can help you find the perfect townhouse or condo for sale in the area you want to live in, and at a price that you can afford.
If you find a property that you like and it's a little over budget, talk to your agent about making an offer that will put you in the budget. Sometimes making a few concessions will get the seller to drop the price a little and put it right where you need it.