Types of Condominiums – the basics

There are many types of condo’s and sometimes it can get confusing for a beginner.  These terms are architectural styles, not legal descriptions. So here are a few of the most common styles in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

  • garden style condo nashuaGarden – very similar to an apartment… typically one floor, smaller, and a bunch of units in 1 building, common hallways, etc. Least amount of privacy. They can look like apartments, what’s the difference: Condo vs Apartments
  • TownhouseTownhouse –these are typically side by side, one or more stories with a common wall on one or 2 sides.  Offers more privacy.
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  • Detached – these are individual units and look like a house. Offers the most privacy.
  • Condex – this has it’s own blog post, they are specific to this New Hampshire and Massachusetts: Condex Basics

One thing remains the same with all of the above…the land is owned in common with all the unit owners in the condominium development.

-Just my thoughts.
Jennifer Cote

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Condominium versus Apartment 101

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In different areas of the world these terms may mean something very different.  I have many clients who move here from abroad so this is for them.  Here are the basics for any newcomers.

An apartment you would rent, no ownership, and is typically one floor, smaller in size, and in a common building.  Somebody else owns the building, owns the unit, can dictate what you do to the unit, and sets the rent.  Rents can change over time.

A condo you own what’s between the walls of the unit.  There are common areas (the grounds, the streets, the swimming pool, etc.) that are owned in common with the other unit owners in the development.

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Townhouse Condominiums

All these common areas, amenities, and maintenance cost money. So condominiums developments have condo fees, AKA homeowner association fees, to pay for these items. These condominium association fees typically cover the common areas,  exterior items like the siding and roof, trash pick-up, road maintenance, etc.

There are also homeowner associations(HOA) consisting of owners in the development.  They must act in accordance to the recorded condominium documents and bylaws that where formed when the development was approved.  This group will make decisions on how to run the development, they can set the rules(covenants), and will usually be the ones to set the HOA fees.

Most associations hire a management company to handle the daily responsibilities, from selecting landscaping companies, getting contractor bids, responding to inquiries, or handling the financial aspects of the condominium development.

So what’s the difference: you owning the space(more control) OR somebody else owning it (less control).

Just my thoughts.
Jenn

Check out my blog post about types of condominiums.

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10 Things Your Agent Won’t Tell You About Your Listing

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Did you spot the mistake…sorry, caught it after doing the graphic. It is an important point.
-Just my thoughts.
Jenn

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Zombie Apocalypse Laser Tag

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Did you know that Pelham NH has a zombie problem?  

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Zombie Patrol Headquarters

The Pelham Rec Department did, and started the Pelham Zombie Patrol (PZP).  Tour through Veterans Memorial Park, starting with a hayride. Enter the deep dark woods, travel out of the “safe zone” to combat the zombies with laser guns. Quite the adventure!

The Pelham Python Robotics Team are offering goodies for sale: from chili, tacos, kielbasa, sweets, and more. Offerings change nightly!

pumpkin fire log pelhamEvent runs: Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm-10pm until Halloween NIght!

Here’s the Pelham Rec Department site: http://www.pelhamweb.com/pelham-parks-and-recreation/urgent-alerts/are-you-aware-of-the-pelham-zombie-problem

Well done Pelham Recreational Department and all the high school student zombies!!

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Do you want chickens with that new home?

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The new trend is farming at home….corn, chickens, and deed restrictions.  Oh my.  Loved this article on “The Rise of the Backyard Farm” by Meg White for Realtor Magazine.  She covered so much in this article I’m not sure what I could add.

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  1. Is that chicken coop coming with the house?
  2. The deed restricts livestock and poultry…but the town’s zoning allows for it.
  3. If I remove my lawn to plant food will that devalue my property?
  4. Are the solar panels included, or are they leased?

Well maybe it brings up more questions than answers.  Stay tuned.

Just my thoughts. -Jenn

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Happy General John Stark Day– “Live Free or Die”

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Battle of Bennington Monument

I started watching historical shows about the American Revolutionary War.  I reason it’s because I’m from New England, not because I’m getting to be that age when one starts watching the History Channel.

The commercials for the “Sons of Liberty’ miniseries really drew me in.   I even started watching the John Adams series on HBO.  Great story, and to think it was true!

Well the 4rth Monday of April is known as General John Stark Day in New Hampshire, it falls on April 27th this year.  Since 2011 this little known state holiday has been celebrated in New Hampshire.  I only bring this up because 2 key battles referenced in the miniseries are the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battle of Bennington.   Key battles of the Revolutionary War, and General Stark was instrumental in both.    One of his most famous quotes, and NH’s state motto: “Live Free or Die” is a stark reminder of the conviction and determination that our forefathers bore to bring forth a republic.MonumentWithAViewcrop2

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I just gotta get that shot!

I have yet to visit the Bunker Hill Monument, interestingly enough my birth name is Bunker(one day I’ll figure out if there’s a relationship).  The Battle of Bennington Monument was an accidental find.  On one of my mother/daughter weekends I did my usual, “let’s see what’s down this road.”  I go off the planned route and go back roads a lot and only Mom tolerates it.  She loves it when I stop on a dime to jump out and take a picture.

-Just my thoughts.
Jenn

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Townie Tuesday Milford NH Town Hall

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What can I say, I love Milford NH! I only lived there for 10 years but it’s a town that is forever in my heart.  Tons of open space, community events, parks, trails, and filled with friendly people. Heck, Centennial Park has engraved paver bricks with both my boys names on them.  So today’s townie Tuesday pic is of Milford’s town hall…the keystone of a wonderful town center known as the “Milford Oval”.

The Milford Town Hall - A Sentinel Watching Over The Oval

The Milford Town Hall – A Sentinel Watching Over The Oval

The town history is very significant to the area, and to the country.  An interesting piece of on the oval…have you heard about the year Milford “walked”?  Literally, many of the buildings around the oval where moved.  The Milford Do-It Commitee tells the history of  some of the top historical places in town: www.qrtoursmilfordnh.org/town-hall-milford-nh/

So many of my favorite places are in Milford…Monson Village, the Mile Slip, Centennial Park, the Souhegan river, the swinging bridge, and Emerson Park (one of my favorites when the music is playing).  Maybe I need to write more pieces about the special places in Milford.  Another time….
-Just my thoughts, Jenn

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What is “HOME”?

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home  noun: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.

HOME: noun, the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.

A prior post I wrote: “The End of the Hometown” focuses on where you would consider your hometown: your birthplace or the town you settled in.  I stumbled upon this #TEDtalk titled “Where is home?” by Pico Iyer which twists and turns as it moves around the subject of what is home.

The definition of home implies permanence, but in today’s mobile society it’s no longer that simple.

“home is not just the place where you happen to be born, it’s the place where you become yourself” -Pico Iyer

I deal with homes in the brick and mortar sense, I see the attachment people have to a location and how people perceive what is home.

-Just my thoughts.
Jenn

 

 

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Townie Tuesday Picture for Pelham NH

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Here’s another Townie Tuesday picture, featuring the Pelham First Congregational Church during Old Home Day in 2013.  Every Tuesday I post a New Hampshire photo on my Facebook Page.OldHomeDay1stCongregationalChurch2013

 

Every year since 1906 the First Congregational Church organizes and sponsors the Old Home Day.  This is a fantastic community event starting in the morning with the 5k Race and Walk and ending with a community supper in the evening.  The day is filled with activities, raffles, parade, the White Elephant Table, food, kids games, and much more.

Read more: http://www.pelhamoldhomeday.org/about.html

Just my thoughts. -Jenn

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Do you prefer a walkable mixed-use or big lot suburban community?

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The 2013 community preferences survey from the National Association of Realtors is an analysis on the types of communities people prefer to live in.  On one hand compact, walkable communities continue to have leaps in demand, but detached houses with large yards and lots of privacy are still tops.  You can read all about it in this 51 page slide show: http://www.realtor.org/sites/default/files/reports/2013/2013-community-preference-analysis-slides.pdf

WalkablecommunitiesSplitpieOne of the things I was surprised to see is the breakdown between a walkable, mixed-use community and a conventional suburban one to be very balanced.

Anyway, you should check out the slideshow…good stuff.

-Just my thoughts.

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