Buying a Condo 101

Florida Real Estate

Investing in a Condo

Caveat Emptor,Let the Buyer Beware

Beach Real Estate in Destin, Perdido Key, 30A, Panama City Beach, Pensacola

Property Owners are not required to
discover & disclose, unknown conditions.

Important factors…

Homeowner Associations

Membership in the condominium Homeowner Association (HOA) is mandatory – HOA members are subject to special assessments by the Board of Directors (BOD).

Common Property

Poorly maintained components such as the roof, building-envelope, elevators, etc. can cost HOA members $1000’s.


Legal issues such as lawsuits & foreclosures can expose condo owners to significant financial liability.


Poor planning by the BOD can lead to a depleted Reserve Fund, requiring HOA members to fund the repair & replacement of common property via special-assessments.

Identify Defects

A Home Inspection can save you money by identifying defects, while also documenting the age and expected life-span of the major components & systems.

Peace of Mind

A Home Warranty provides peace of mind, it makes sense for everyone – no one knows when a component will fail.


The Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions (CC&Rs) and Rules may not fit your lifestyle – a variety of restrictions can control the use of your condo, and may include restrictions on decorating, renting the unit, pets, visitors, use of common areas, etc.

It’s important to work with someone that has experience with the various issues of owning a condominium. If you’re interested in buying resort real estate, I’m a consumer advocate with a lifetime of real estate experience – contact me.

  Licensed Real Estate Broker, HOA Manager, Home Inspector
· Wayne Moore
· Licensed Real Estate Broker
· Licensed Community Assoc. Manager
· Reg. Environmental Property Assessor, NREP
· State Cert. PCO – Termites-WDO-Household
· Commercial Real Estate Inspector, FREA
· Florida Wind Mitigation Certification
· Licensed Home Inspector