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Buying a Condominium 101

Beach Real Estate 

Investing in a Condo

Caveat Emptor, “Let the Buyer Beware”

Condo in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, 30A
Property Owners &/or their Realtor® are not required
to discover and disclose unknown conditions.

Important considerations…

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.


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

Real Estate Broker, Home Inspector, HOA Manager
  · 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
· Licensed Home Inspector