I agree with a majority of the comments the other agents have posted here based on the information given in your question. There are many other questions that would help me properly advise you- a few of those would be why you've chosen those zip codes, your current hobbies & interests and the location of your workplace/school/ favorite restaurants & shops, etc. In the mean time, a few more general considerations regarding home type are given below.
I noticed that most of the agents mentioned investment potential as a consideration when making your decision. However, you did not mention that in your question, so I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s important to you. Be sure to carefully evaluate your personal situation as this is also going to be your home and not just a stock certificate or savings account. Townhomes/condos are very different places to live than single family homes, so you have to think about your lifestyle. If you are buying with investment potential in mind, you may want to think about what type of investment you are looking for; whether you will try and sell the home some day or add it to your investment portfolio as a future rental property. If you do want to keep the property for future income from rents, a condo or townhome may be a good choice since the exterior is typically maintained by the Homeowners Association (HOA) for those properties.
Another thing to consider when looking at townhomes/condos vs. single family is community appearance. What I mean by that is that even if single family homes are typically a better investment, should you get stuck trying to sell your home in between a few homeowners who never cut their grass or lose their home to foreclosure, your property could suffer just by being close to those other homes. In those situations, you still have an HOA that can force them to properly maintain their home, but it can take a while to enforce. The nice thing about a townhome or condo is that you may never know how someone maintains their property until you walk in the front door. Take some time (or Iâ€™d be happy to show you) to drive through the different types of communities to see the difference. You may find that the majority of townhome and condo communities are going to have a better overall visual appeal vs. single family communities in your price point. If community appearance as it relates to your future ability to sell the home is a concern, especially in a single family neighborhood, community selection will be extremely important. Be sure to drive through the entire neighborhood to get an overall feel for the community. Finally, try to meet some of the homeowners to see if they have an active HOA and if they like living in the neighborhood.
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