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Selling Condos vs Selling Houses


Blog by The Bannard Rushton Group | August 2nd, 2013


There is no longer room in the Real Estate market to be a “Jack of all trades.” Our client's demand the best and this is what we deliver. 

We sell condos; it's what we are good at. We understand the different demographics that buy condos, we have knowledge of the life expectancy of the major building components and we have been privy to documents for over 200 condo buildings.

We have marketing plan designed specifically to attract buyers to our client's incredible properties.

A house is a whole different story. Below we have broken down a few of the key differences between selling condos vs houses from a Realtor point of view. Of course, this is just our beliefs...everyone is entitled to an opinion. 

Want to talk Condos? Call anytime!
~Craig 403.975.0910


Selling Condos vs Selling Houses

Condos Houses
Understanding Condo Documentation
  • Bylaws
  • Financials/Budget/Reserve Fund
  • Deficiency Report
  • Board Meeting Minutes
Major Building Components (Common Property)
  • Boilers
  • Windows (in most cases)
  • Roof
  • Elevators
  • Common Areas
Monthly Expenses
  • Condo fees: What is included?
  • Property Taxes
  • Other fees: Electricity, cable, etc
Marketing: Where do Condo Buyers come from?
  • 1st time buyers: often need to be walked through the process
  • International Buyers: Typically through online marketing and company referrals
  • Downsizers: often need to be walked through the process
  • Renters in the neighbourhood: How do we reach them?
Understanding Real Property Report (RPR)
  • Potential Ramifications of not having permits
  • The deck is too big?!                                                                
Potential Major Repairs (All your responsibility, life expectancy?)
  • Roof
  • Furnace
  • Hot Water Tank 
Shared Expenses
  • Fences
Monthly Expenses
  • Water/Sewer
  • ALL utilities
Marketing: Where do House Buyers come from?
  • Local Advertising
  • 'Move up' in the community
  • Parents/friends live in neighbourhood







This obviously only represents a few of the differences between selling a condo vs selling a house in Calgary. If you are not experenced in selling one or the other it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the process and therefore not be working in the best interest of the client.