while a few condo's have made good investments I recommend never buying one. You are at the mercy of the condo association as far as costs and what you can and can not do, plus very poor parking in almost all of them and when prices fall, they drop the furthest and fastest . A single family home may be a bit more expensive, but that cost is usually far less than maintenance, association fees or special assessments that may be used for things you do not want or use, like a pool, a bus, new plantings a trip or to repaint all the units pink.
If you want to paint your door blue you must ask permission or face fines they will levy on you. Have a motorcycle, pick up truck , canoe or boat? lots of condo associations ban them all from being near your unit and some rent parking for $100 a month or more to keep them, usually in unguarded or non fences non secured areas