Real estate listings can be deceiving. With photography tricks of the pros, creative wording, and advertising ploys, you can very be drawn to stinky homes that are not what they seem. You may read an advertisement about a “cozy country villa”, and of course you know it sounds romantic. When you get there to look at it, it may realistically be a small shack in the woods. When something is listed as “old world charm”, it may mean totally run down or old. Additionally, did you know that if you locale the camera in the very upper corner of the room it makes it look up to thirty percent bigger. These are all unofficial practices in the real estate game. There is a single other term you also need to be very aware of, “original”. This can be great or very bad for you. If the condo you are looking at is only a couple of years old, this is not a highly spine-chilling term. However, if the condo is over ten, twenty, or even thirty years old, this can be a red flag for sure. Older homes that have original hardwood floors in place that have been refinished can be a dream but original windows are a weird and terrible story. Even with modern technology windows are not meant to last longer than about fifteen years. The argon gas that is between the double panes is not ever meant to hold their energy ratings much longer than that. The same can be said most of the time for the Heating and A/C plan in a home. Anything under multiple years old should be superb, of course, but if you are looking at condo that has a furnace or boiler that is ten plus years old, you may want to take the cost of replacement into account. This is not to say that the plan doesn’t work, but, you ultimately may want a plan that is more fuel efficient in order to save on energy costs.