For many people, buying a condo is their first home purchase. My first home purchase was a condo. My first investment property was a condominium too. And my second. So, condos are not only a great way to get into the market, they also have a lot of lifestyle and investment advantages too.
I write a lot of about neighbourhoods because I think it is much better to have a good house in a great neighbourhood than a great house in a good neighbourhood. (Of course, having a great house in a great neighbourhood is ideal.)