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Condo Lifestyle: Questions about living use

A good portion of condominium owners and potential buyers are ones who winter and summer in different parts of the country.  Here at Sierrafield, we have many ‘snow bird’ residents- people who enjoy maintenance free living at their condo during the warmer months and then travel to warm places like Florida and Arizona for the colder times of the year.  It is situations like these that present the importance of asking questions about how one plans to live in the condo- often for floor plan style, location, and utility purposes.

  • Are you a snow bird?  If you are a buyer who plans on either traveling a lot or seasonally are absent from the condo, consider an interior unit.  More often than not, these units are much cheaper on utilities, don’t need to be winterized, and often cost less up front.  It is a win-win situation.
  • Staying put?  Enjoy all of the seasons here in Michigan?  Sierrafield offers many plans that would work well as an end unit providing lots of windows for extra light and viewing of all of nature has to offer.
  • Have a constant changing number of living occupants?  Perhaps a college kid or the potential to have a parent live in for awhile after surgery?  Choosing a condo that fits this need can be tricky, but not impossible.  Adding a four seasons sun porch to most floor plans can accommodate this need without finishing a basement.  Our Hemlock floor plan has a finished bonus room above the garage that is flexible to be used as bedroom, craft room, entertainment room, and more!
  • Looking for a roommate?  Some of the younger, and often single, condo buyers are looking for a condominium that will allow them to live simply and affordable, but desire a roommate to help with costs.  Choosing unit that is smaller and finishing of the basement will often be more affordable and have the ability to essentially have two ‘master suites’ or the town home style plan, the Acacia would suite this need well if an additional bathroom was added.

It is crucial to sort out the needs and wants of a condo buyer during the search process.  Sometimes just getting in some finished units can help bring clarity and closure to the buyer.  Maybe its time to write some questions down and come to an open house and see how Sierrafield condos can answer them!

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