Beware of Condo Dues!

The Seattle PI has a full page, above the fold, lengthy story on the danger of increasing condo dues for new construction projects. I guess people are tired of reading about the election and the bailout.

After moving into the building and forming their own homeowner association two years ago, 2200 residents were faced with a decision: Raise dues even more or give up on a 24-hour concierge. Another revelation for many owners was that residents pay most of the costs for the elevators, escalators and common areas that serve 2200’s commercial area, which includes a Whole Foods supermarket.

2200 dues have gone from a $.49/square foot projection to $.62.

Escala is expecting to come in at $.79 with an additional $250/month required for their club.

Don’t want to get burned? You’re making a major investment, spend some time and read the offering docs and ask questions about peculiar things. Don’t want to read through 200-300 pages of legalese? Make sure you have an experience agent on your side fighting for you. Don’t trust the site agent to be looking out for you on this one!

About Matt Goyer

I love condos, lofts, floating homes, new construction and mid-century moderns so much so that since starting this blog in 2006 I've written over 2,000 blog posts about them!

For years I resisted becoming a real estate agent preferring to be a marketing executive at Redfin but after leaving Redfin (after seven years!) I caved in the spring of 2014 and became a broker. So if you need help finding that "Urbnlivn-style" place or selling your home email me at matt@urbnlivn.com, I'd be happy to help you.

Prior to Urbnlivn and Redfin, I worked at Microsoft after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics with a major in computer science.

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  • Dan C.

    You mean make sure you have a competant attorney to read the legalese? I wouldn’t trust many RE agents to find their way out of a paper bag.

  • Dan C.

    You mean make sure you have a competant attorney to read the legalese? I wouldn’t trust many RE agents to find their way out of a paper bag.

  • nitsuj

    What Dan C. said x10

  • nitsuj

    What Dan C. said x10

  • http://www.condosites.net Jason

    Ditto!

    I am always worried by dues that are low for the building. It is a warning sign for me that the association will be cash poor in no time.

  • http://www.condosites.net Jason

    Ditto!

    I am always worried by dues that are low for the building. It is a warning sign for me that the association will be cash poor in no time.