With this question, it really is a question subjective preference. The difference of cost or expenses is really not much, due to Brooklyn's rapid rise to almost Manhattan status. I do not need say, that you can see that the PRICES of Brooklyn properties are steadily rising.
In terms of savings, there is really not much, even if the taxes are lower on condos, dont forget that common charges of the condo is another permanent cost on the property that must be added on in your monthly cost. The only place where you could see a major difference and a big savings on a condo is on Staten Island, where the prices are relatively lower than 1 family houses.
Again as I stated before, Brooklyn is a unique place and heading to MANHATTAN STATUS. So is your preference whether you want a private 1-family home in its own property, where you can enjoy your own backyard or front yard(even if is a small one). However, you will have to maintain not only the interior, but also the exterior. On the other hand, you are a busy person and have no time to maintain the outside or shovel snow, then a condo is good for you. For me, personally, is like living in an apartment building.
In short, in terms of prices, cost, savings, they are about the same. But if you want a clearer picture dont hesitate to contact me personally.
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