Condo, Co-op, PUD: What's the Difference?

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As the housing market continues to evolve, it's important to understand the different types of housing available to buyers. One of the most common questions homebuyers face is whether to buy a condo, co-op, or PUD. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between these types of housing and help you make an informed decision.


A condominium, or condo for short, is a type of housing where you own your individual unit within a larger building or complex. This means that you have control over your unit and can sell it at any time. However, the common areas, such as hallways, elevators, and the building exterior, are owned by the condo association, which is made up of all the individual condo owners in the building.

When you buy a condo, you'll pay a monthly fee to the condo association, which is used to maintain the common areas and pay for any necessary repairs or upgrades. Condo living can be great for people who want the convenience of apartment living without the commitment of a long-term lease.

Cooperative Apartments

Cooperative apartments, or co-ops, are similar to condos in that they offer individual units within a larger building or complex. However, the major difference is that when you buy a co-op, you're not actually buying the unit itself. Instead, you're buying a share in the cooperative corporation that owns the entire building.

As a shareholder in the co-op, you'll have the right to occupy one of the units, but you won't have ownership over it. This means that you won't be able to sell your unit on the open market like you would with a condo. Instead, you'll have to sell your shares in the cooperative corporation to someone who meets the co-op's approval process.


PUDs, or Planned Unit Developments, are communities that combine single-family homes, townhouses, and condos into one development. PUDs typically offer a range of amenities, such as community pools, playgrounds, and parks, and are designed to offer residents a sense of community.

When you buy a home in a PUD, you'll own the land your home is built on, as well as the home itself. However, you'll also be responsible for maintaining your home and the surrounding property. PUDs can be a great choice for people who want the privacy of a single-family home with the amenities of a larger community.

The decision to buy a condo, co-op, or PUD will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Condos are great for people who want the convenience of apartment living, while co-ops offer a sense of community and shared ownership. PUDs are ideal for people who want a private home with community amenities. Whatever your preference, make sure to do your research and choose a housing option that works for you.


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