Condo/townhouse or apartment?

I'm young and just starting out in the "adult" world. My parents suggested to me that I get a condo or townhouse instead of throwing away money on rent. Would this be a good choice? I was looking at condos online...are utilities generally NOT included? what is this whole monthly tax payment? what are... show more I'm young and just starting out in the "adult" world. My parents suggested to me that I get a condo or townhouse instead of throwing away money on rent. Would this be a good choice? I was looking at condos online...are utilities generally NOT included? what is this whole monthly tax payment? what are assessments? Do I still have to pay property taxes even though it's a condo or townhouse? Would someone making $42k a year be able to afford a $144k condo for approx $1200/mo w/ a mortgage at 6% interest for 30 years? Any answers would help. This is all confusing to me! Thanks.
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