Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a Condo Installment #9 : Do condo owners have exclusive easements or right to use certain common areas?

This is the ninth installment in our video blog series on Questions to Ask Before Buying a Condo in Andover and beyond. If you’re thinking about buying a condo in Andover or anywhere in Massachusetts, you’ll want to be informed on every aspect of the property before you purchase it. It’s important that you know just the right questions to ask to uncover any issues before you buy.

Do condo owners have exclusive easements or right to use certain common areas?

Typically, the items outside of your condo include items such as a porch, deck, parking spot, etc. What you want to find out is:

Do you own these exclusively?

Meaning: They are deeded to you and you own them. You are the only one who is allowed to use them, and you are responsible to maintain them.

OR

Are they considered common area elements with exclusive rights to use?

Meaning: You are the only one who can use them, but the condo association is responsible for maintaining them.

More Questions to Ask Before Buying a Condo:
1. What is the Condo Fee & What Does it Cover?
2. What are the Condo Rules & Regulations?
3. How Much Money is in the Reserve Account and How Much is Funded Annually?
4. Are There Any Pending Special Assessments?
5. Who Manages the Condo Complex?
6. Is the Condo Association Involved in Any Pending Legal Actions?
7. How Many Condo Units are Owner Occupied?
8. How Many Condo Units are Delinquent on Paying Their Condo Fee?
9. Do Condo Unit Owners Have Exclusive Easements or Right to Use Certain Common Areas?
10. What does the Condominium Complex’s Master Insurance Policy cover?

For over 30 years the Prime Property Team and Ron Carpenito of Keller Williams Realty Andover have been helping home buyers and sellers in Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, and the Merrimack Valley with their real estate goals. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home anywhere in Massachusetts or know someone who is, contact Ron today at (978)494-0346.

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