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Single Family vs Townhome vs Condo - By The Numbers

IMG_5677Single Family house vs Townhouse vs Condo. Which is more expensive? I have been asked this question many times, and in this not so brief article, I'll take a look at the monthly expenses closely.

Assumptions.

For the Single Family House I will be using a made-up $231,000 house located in South Minneapolis. This factitious house has an annual tax of $3750, and monthly heating average of $85, electricity of $70, water/sewer/garbage of $60. It is located in an area serviced by Minneapolis Wifi and they can get fiber internet for $30 per month. Its configuration is 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom / 2 car garage / 1800 sqft.

For the Townhouse, I will be using a made-up $229000 townhouse located in South Minneapolis. This factitious townhouse has an annual tax of $2700, association dues of $250 which include sanitation, snow / lawn, hazard insurance, water / sewer, professional management. It's configuration is 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom / 1 car garage / 1100 sqft.

IMG_6825For the Condo, I will use a made-up $230,000 condo located in South Minneapolis. This factitious condo has an annual tax of $3100, association dues of $300 which include heating, snow / lawn, sanitation, outside maintenance, hazard insurance, water / sewer, and professional management. The owner still pays electricity and internet. It has 2 bedrooms / 1 bath / 1 car garage / 965 sqft.

On each of the examples, I will assume 10% down, 4% interest on a 30 year mortgage.

Single Family
Townhouse
Condo
Configuration
3/2/2/1800
3/2/1/1100
2/1/1/965
Purchase Price
$231,000
$229,000
$230,000
P+I
992
983
988
Taxes
312
225
258
Insurance
110
10
10
MIP/PMI
85
85
85
Association Dues
0
250
300
Heating
85
55
0
Electricity
75
65
50
Water/Sewer/Trash
60
0
0
Internet
30
30
30
Maintenance Fund
100
0
0
Total
1849
1703
1721
 
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