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Kay Senay is a consumer advocate and syndicated columnist. Senay writes with experience. Most people who purchase a condominium have no idea what association living really means. The simple truth is that the buyer isn t just purchasing a home, but a piece of a business. Condo Buying & Ownership Made Simple is thorough, readable and well-organized. The book contains a detailed index and checklists for potential buyers. Having put in the time behind the desk and on boards, Kay has literally left no stone unturned. While association living may not be for everyone, anyone considering the purchase of a condominium should inform themselves with this book. --5 Stars (Highest Rating) ForeWord CLARION Reviews

This is the ultimate how to guide for condo and community association real estate buyers. Condo Buying and Ownership Made Simple is an easy to read book with great checklists and information that assists from the decision process to gaining every advantage as an owner. This is a must have for every investor s and agent s library. If I was a real estate broker, I would stock this book to give to buyers to help make my job easier. --Daniel Merrick, Ph.D., Instructions To Money Radio

It s a tremendous book...I can t say enough about it. Kay is brilliant. Had I known about this book before I put in an offer, I would have been educated about my future home. Now that I m selling my condo, I m recommending Condo Buying and Ownership Made Simple to prospective buyers. Spending $10 or $15 could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of disappointment or consternation later. --Andrea Reynolds, B.S. Home Economics and Author

About the Author

The author, Kay Senay, is a consumer advocate, a syndicated columnist, and an expert on community associations. The successful association management company that she founded is now in its second generation. She is an expert resource for buyers and for those living in community associations. With over seventeen years of hands-on experience, Kay is familiar with all aspects of association living. She is an advisor to community associations' boards of directors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Senay Enterprises LLC (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941511812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941511810
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lessons taught in this self-published book could probably be summed up with half a dozen bullet points on a single page. Most of the book is dedicated to persuading you to become active in your owner's association. This is fine, I guess, but doesn't have a whole lot of specific recommendations. Every single answer to the "Frequently Asked Questions" is "It depends", which seems to defeat the purpose of having the section in the first place. I think a person of average intelligence could work out most of the content in this book by themselves.

Overall, the book is pretty light on the "buying" and much heavier on the "owning".
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A member of my family has owned two different condos and both experiences have been a nightmare. In one case, the condo association fees were stolen by the association manager and a long legal battle took place. Because of his experience, I have always viewed condo ownership as risky and therefore not one of my downsizing options. The book, "Condo Buying and Ownership" made me realize a condo could be a positive experience. Of course, it can. A lot of people are happy condo dwellers! Kay Senay's expertise clearly outlines what you need to know; the questions to ask and what red flags to look for. It would be silly to make this type of investment without first learning the many details involved in condo ownership. "Buyer beware" will not be necessary after reading this book. Oh, or buy it for someone you love who may be thinking about going condo. They'll thank you for it.
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This book showed me what condo living is all about. I had no idea about everything that a buyer should consider or that an owner needs to know. All the information is in one place to learn what a community association really is. The book is clear, concise, and easy to read. Kay Senay's FAQs and Buyer's Checklists are worth the price all by themselves. What a great book!
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I was renting in a not-so-nice condo building and wanted to avoid getting stuck with bad neighbors, property issues, etc. if I were to buy my own condo. The book gives great, practical advise on detecting any condo-specific issues before you buy. And where there are issues you can't avoid/ know beforehand, such as neighbor or noise issues with your unit, this book walks you through what you options are (and arent) for dealing with those situations once youve already purchased the unit.
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If you are thinking about buying a condo, make certain you read Kay's book before you sign the contract! Don't make the mistake we made and feel that reviewing the Condo Association's Declarations before finalizing the sale is sufficient. The average person is completely oblivious about what they need to look for. My husband and I bought a condo 9 years ago and our life has been full of surprises, some good and some not so great.

Kay's book has been a valuable resource to me since I became involved in our Condo Association's board. I only wish it had been published prior to our move!

There's a lot more to living in a condo then meets the eye and you owe it to yourself to make an educated decision. I guarantee that this book will provide you with all the questions you need to have answered.
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I don't own a condo but I've thought about renting one. In the past I've been kind of scared about all the legalize, association by-laws, etc. Kay's book makes it easy to understand how condo associations work and the pros and cons of living in one. Having this book I feel armed for bear - I can confidently consider renting a condo knowing what to ask and how to deal with conflicts should they arise, like what I should ask about pets, parking and home improvements and how to protect my rights. Great stories!
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