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Birmingham AL Condos for Sale

What Is A Condominium or Condo?

Condominiums are buildings in which individuals separately own the air space inside the interior walls, floors and ceilings of their unit, but they jointly own an interest in the common areas that they share with the other condo owners, such as the land, elevators, lobby, hallways, swimming pool, clubhouse, and even the parking lot. Maintenance of these common areas becomes the responsibility of a condominium association for which every owner of a condo within the complex are members.

In addition to paying a mortgage every month, each owner is responsible for paying a monthly fee to the condo association. The fee covers the exterior maintenance and repairs of the buildings, landscaping costs, common area utilities, recreational facility maintenance, building insurance and road/parking maintenance. Condos in Alabama consist of a condominium owners association made up of the condo homeowners, who meet to annually or monthly discuss, create and enforce rules and regulations If the condominium complex is very big, there is usually a property management company who manages the day to day operation of the condominium association.

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Photo of Listing #802303
  • MLS® #: 802303
  • 521 Olde English Ln 521
  • MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama 35223
  • $1,495,000
  • 4 Bed, 5 Bath
  • Residential
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Photo of Listing #804349
  • MLS® #: 804349
  • 2920 Redmont Park Cir 201e
  • BIRMINGHAM, Alabama 35205
  • $719,000
  • 3 Bed, 3 Bath
  • Residential
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Photo of Listing #814008
  • MLS® #: 814008
  • 192 Mountain Brook Park Dr 192
  • MOUNTAIN BROOK, Alabama 35213
  • $675,000
  • 4 Bed, 4 Bath
  • Residential
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Photo of Listing #804931
  • MLS® #: 804931
  • 1300 27th Pl S 46
  • BIRMINGHAM, Alabama 35205
  • $669,000
  • 3 Bed, 3 Bath
  • Residential
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Photo of Listing #795287
  • MLS® #: 795287
  • 350 Hallman Hill E 405
  • HOMEWOOD, Alabama 35209
  • $649,900
  • 3 Bed, 3 Bath
  • Residential
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Photo of Listing #810828
  • MLS® #: 810828
  • 1831 28th Ave 360n
  • HOMEWOOD, Alabama 35209
  • $599,900
  • 3 Bed, 2 Bath
  • Residential
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Difference between a Condo and a Townhouse in Alabama

A purchaser of a condominium owns his or her individual unit, plus a percentage of the surrounding property, including land and any amenities on the property. (The word "condominium" is Latin, meaning "common ownership" or "common control.") Residents are members of a homeowners' association and pay a monthly fee to the association in exchange for maintenance of the common property. Each condominium complex has a Declaration of Condominium which outlines the percentage of ownership each unit in the development has invested in the entire complex. That percentage determines residents' monthly dues to the association. Condominiums come in a wide variety of architectural styles, from two- and three-story buildings arranged apartment-complex style with carports to luxurious high-rise properties with sweeping views of the surrounding city or natural landscape. 

A purchaser of a townhome buys and owns his or her individual unit, as well as the ground underneath that unit. Each townhome has its own roof, in contrast to condominiums. Townhome residents also typically belong to a homeowners' association and pay monthly fees in exchange for the general maintenance of common outdoor areas. Townhomes occasionally come with such single-family home amenities as garages and backyards (albeit small backyards), for which owners generally are responsible for maintaining.

What specifically Do You Own?

The terms of condominium ownership sometimes are not exactly clear, simply because owners share more common areas (i.e. stairs and hallways) than do townhome owners. The rules enforced by condominium associations are sometimes stiffer, perhaps because residents are living in closer quarters, with many more residents per square foot. Condo owners are responsible for the space inside their own walls, which means they can paint them whatever color they wish. They don't enjoy that same privilege on the outside of their homes, however. "Common areas" are generally defined to include shared hallways, parking lots, any exterior walls and the land on which the condominium development sits, as well as any amenities on the premises, such as swimming pools, playgrounds, and park areas.

Condominium associations occasionally receive criticism for assuming a dictatorship of sorts, governing, for example, what residents can and cannot hang in their windows or place on their balconies. Unfortunately for the homeowner who just wants to express himself, some areas of the resident's condo which are in view of other residents -- including balconies, patios, carports and sometimes even windows -- are designated "limited common spaces," which means that residents are given general self-governance for those areas of their homes, but with restrictions. In a sense, this desigation is positive because it protects you from having your property used by a neighbor without your consent (for example, someone steals your parking spot, or the neighbor's kids begin using your patio).

Monthly Association Dues for Greater Birmingham Area Condos

The monthly dues condo residents pay to their homeowners' associations can vary greatly. It's important to remember that some condo complexes cover all or some of their residents' utilities, in that monthly fee. Obviously the more amenities that are provided by a condominium complex, the higher the monthly dues will be. 

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