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We research the entire Texas Gulf Coast real estate market to let you know about new developments in each area. Below is a list of the more significant projects, but there are more. Contact us for details.

We have new communities that are waterfront, on the beach, with views of the ocean and bay on the Gulf of Mexico, New Urbanism, Residential Homes, Highrises, Lots, Condos, Pre-Construction, Condo Conversions, Town Homes, and Lofts. The Texas Gulf Coast is on its way to becoming the nation's top vacation destination and second home hotspot.
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The single-family detached home with a yard isn't everyone's American Dream. In high-priced markets with space at a premium, the only affordable solutions for some buyers are condominiums and townhouses.

Condominiums and townhouses are forms of attached housing, homes that share common walls and common areas with neighbors. This type of housing is popular and essential in pricey real estate markets in which only a small percent of households can afford to purchase a home. Condominiums are beginning to proliferate in less-populated areas, too, as an alternative for retirement housing for active adults.

Single unit, most often resembling a more finely finished apartment. Found in complexes large and small, high-rise or low-rise. Owner has title to interior space of unit and shared title to common areas in complex. Condominiums are governed by a condominium board of directors (voted by residents) in accordance with bylaws and covenants, conditions and restrictions.

Town house
Two-floor unit sharing common wall with at least one other townhouse. Townhouses commonly found in clusters (rowhouses). Owner has title to unit and land under unit, and shared title to common areas (if any). Some ownership arrangements more closely resemble those of condominiums. Town houses are governed by homeowner association (voted by residents) in most cases.

Know your documents
Before you buy a condominium, you'll want to bone up on the project by yourself or with a real estate attorney. There are several documents you'll want to go over with a fine-tooth comb before you sign any kind of purchase contract. These papers should be available from the condo's board of directors or their representative. They include:

Master deed: The key document in a condo project, the master deed establishes the project as a condominium project. It gives residents the authority to form an operating association and gives the legal descriptions of all individual units and common areas.

Bylaws: These can become sticky in heated board of directors' discussions. Bylaws are the operating rules for the condo association. Among other things, they authorize a budget to be created, the assessment of fees, the hiring of professional management staff and other operating duties.

House rules: These also can become sticky when owners disagree. House rules govern what owners can do in common areas.

Covenants, conditions and restrictions: Private restrictions on the use of project property; usually created by the developer.

Purchase agreement: This is similar to a standard purchase. It should include a cooling-off period during which you can back out and financing and inspection contingencies. Other papers: Current operating budget, current and proposed assessments, financial statement of the homeowners association and any leases, contracts, blueprints or other design plans.

Condominiums may offer maintenance-free homeownership, but not all condo projects are nirvana. Take the time to check out the complex before you buy and look out for these red flags: If more than 50 percent of the units are rentals, think twice about the project. Upkeep may be poor and some lenders will not make a loan on a unit in the complex, which could reduce the long-term value of your investment.

If the condo association doesn't have a healthy reserve fund, beware. If there isn't money to fix major items such as a new roof or plumbing, the members will be hit with a special assessment to pay the tab.

Avoid a condo association in which the board of directors isn't getting along. They will make poor decisions for everyone else in spite of one another. Steer clear of a condo project that is heavily involved in litigation. Lawsuits with builders and other homeowners can put a cloud over the project.

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Community Associations

What is a community association? A community association may have any number of Names, including homeowners association, property Owners association, condominium association, cooperative, Council of homeowners and common interest Development.

Community associations offer choices, lifestyles, amenities, services And efficiencies that people value. For many, a condominium or planned community can be the most affordable Way to own a home. Others are drawn to the architectural uniformity of the Neighborhood or the landscaping. Still others are attracted by recreational Amenities and social opportunities.

Questions you should ask
  1. How much are the assessments, and when are Payments due?
  2. What do the assessments cover?
  3. What is not covered and, thus, what are your Individual responsibilities as a homeowner?
  4. What procedures are in place to collect delinquent Assessments?
  5. How often can assessments increase and by How much?
  6. What is the annual budget and how does it Compare to similar communities?
  7. Does the community have a viable reserve to fund Major, long-term maintenance and repairs?
  8. Have special assessments been levied by the Association on homeowners? If so, for how much And for what purpose?
  9. Are there restrictions on renting property?
  10. Do the architectural guidelines suit your Preferences?
  11. Is the community age-restricted? If so, what is the Policy on underage residents?
  12. Are there simmering issues between homeowners And the elected board?
  13. What are the rules with respect to pets, flags, outside Antennas, satellite dishes, clotheslines, fences, Patios, parking and home businesses?
  14. Are board meetings open to all residents?

Special issues to consider
  • Newly developed communities: Determine not only when but also how the Developer plans to transition control of the Community to homeowners.
  • Resale: Consult a community association manager or Association officer to determine if there are Unresolved issues pertaining to that property, Delinquent assessments or unapproved Architectural changes, for example.
  • Buying to rent: Examine the cc&rs with respect To regulations affecting rentals. Remember, it will be your Responsibility to educate your Renters and ensure they abide By the association’s rules.
  • Condominium conversions: You need to be especially diligent To make sure you know exactly what You’re buying. Appearances can be Misleading. Old buildings are old buildings. A snappy, refurbished lobby does not Necessarily mean that the heating system, elevators And roof aren’t due for expensive overhauls.
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