For seekers of a low maintenance lifestyle coupled with the perks of home ownership, condominiums are a great choice. However be mindful of the following four important things if buying a condominium. Overall charges A variety of fees for covering the cost of wide range of amenities is typically charged by condo associations. Be aware of what is included in those charges e.g., planned upgrades, deferred maintenance and other fees must not take you by surprise afterwards. Efficacy of management and operations Investigate to know how the things are generally maintained in the condo you plan to buy. By reviewing the community literature and speaking to residents living there, you can come to know about a lot of things about how management and operations are handled. Reserve funds & finances For ensuring that the problems associated with reserve funds and finances of the condo association do not haunt you, perform your due diligence on these two aspects. You may end up paying higher per owner revenues if number of vacant units and foreclosure are large, so be careful of these two factors. Values and way of life Whether for better or worse, buying a condo means buying a way of life also. The values and interests which hold importance for you must be important for the condo community. Condo associations function in a democratic way so make sure you feel comfortable with the values and way of life in the community to avoid frustration.