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June 5, 2008

Is Philadelphia Ripe for a Condotel?

Filed under: Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 3:51 pm

A condotel can be defined as a condominium building that looks and acts like a hotel. A hotel generally has one owner, as where a condotel is going to have as many different owners as there are units. Condo hotels are sold as second, third  homes, but they are not typically sold as primary residences. In fact, many of them limit the unit owner’s usage of the unit because that unit is expected to be included in the hotel’s inventory of rentable units. As the owner of a condo hotel unit, you may place your unit into the hotel’s rental program where it will be maintained and rented out for you, just like any other room in the hotel. As owner, you receive a share of the revenue that the rental of your room generates. So it is kinda’ like being a mini hotel owner. You own just one unit, instead of a giant hotel. While there are many advantages (income from renting your unit out), there may be a heavy maintenance fee which can take a serious bite out of the potential for helping pay your mortgage.

Is Center City Philadelphia ripe for such a project? With the continued growth in popularity of Philadelphia as a tourist destination, and the demand for upscale hotel rooms seemingly strong, I would suggest that such an offering might go over fairly well here in our fair town. It is indeed an option for those looking to invest their money somewhere, as uncertainty in the stock market does give some investors pause. This idea might be great for someone looking to diversify their holdings, who might want have say a son or daughter here in school, whom they might want to visit on occasion. We certainly have a large number of teaching hospitals and higher education opportunities in town.

I get a lot of traffic on my site from potential buyers looking for a few day stay in town, every blue moon. Be it for visiting friends and family, or to reestablish roots where they once lived, or just as an “every now and then” place to visit, I think Center City Philadelphia would be an excellent location for a condominium-hotel-aka-“Condotel”.

Mark Wade
www.CenterCityCondos.com
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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