All the best,
The best investment a citizen can make are those that make their time more productive.
Your choice, if you are serious, is the promote yourself to resources that make your time more productive. The WavGroup found 37% of the data on Trulia to be faulty. That is not a good foundation for using your time productively.
If you are serious, you will Pick up the phone and call a local REALTOR for FREE access to the MLS where the accurate, timely, comprehensive (including taxes) responsible data resides. The choice is always yours to make. Some agents provided a easy to see telephone number.
If you have any questions on maintenance fees/common charges, or RE taxes and any deductibility percentages, I can provide you with such information.
My email is email@example.com or call me at 917-792-1999.
Of course, some of the responses here are from agents who make $$$ from maintaining the information asymmetry in the marketplace. Many principals need a good agent to help them through these important decisions, however I would argue that all participants in the marketplace benefit from full, efficient, transparent information sharing. Condo fees, real estate taxes, capital contributions, etc.are just the beginning.
Well, maybe it wasn't, but as you have learned - the agents have the best information. I think you would benefit by deciding whether you are better off with an honest agent who can provide services but doesn't need your business, or by going it alone and hoping that the listing agent gives you the information you need.
All the best,
Shoot me an email if so.
Licensed RE Salesperson
Member of The Real Estate Board of New York